Protecting Our Oceans

All around the world, our oceans are in crisis. Three quarters of global fish stocks are suffering from overfishing, 90 percent of top marine predators are already gone and the ocean is warming from carbon pollution.

Destructive fishing practices destroy critical ocean habitats, pirate fishing harms global fish stocks and as the ocean becomes more vulnerable—it will succumb more quickly to the harmful effects of global warming.

Whale slaughter continues to put endangered species at risk and pollution from land-based sources is turning the oceans into a dumping ground.

Ocean advocates must work harder than ever to chart a new, sustainable course for the oceans before it’s too late.

We’ve made significant progress to turn the tide towards ocean conservation, but a lot more needs to be done in a short time. By working together, we can save the oceans.

Defending Whales

A few countries, namely Japan, Norway and Iceland, continue to ignore a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling—every year they kill thousands of whales to feed a black market of illegal whale meat.

For more than 40 years Greenpeace has been at the forefront of this evolving fight to end this needless slaughter of one the most magnificent creatures on the planet. We are working to ensure that the Obama administration uses their diplomatic leverage to close the loopholes and end all commercial whaling. Read more

Bering Witness

The waters of the Bering Sea-—between Alaska and Russia— are a rich marine environment that’s home to a diverse array of wildlife. Polar bears, seals, sea lions, walruses, whales and millions of seabirds make their home here.

The Bering Sea is also one of the most productive fishing spots in the world. But, the fragile ecosystem cannot sustain this level of commercial fishing without paying a price. Read more

Ensuring Sustainable Seafood

The problems taxing the ocean resources translate directly into what's available at the seafood counter. As consumers demand for fish grows, destructive fishing and aquaculture continues to increase to meet the demand. We are working to change seafood choices made at a wholesale level by working with supermarket retailers to make sustainable seafood the only choice available. Read more

Spotlight on Tuna

Tuna is one of the world's favorite fish. It provides a critical part of the diet for millions of people, as well as being at the core of the world's luxury sashimi markets. But, did you know that globally tuna stocks are under threat?

Our appetite for tuna is pushing the fish closer and closer to extinction. As more and more people consume tuna there has been a surge in the number and capacity of tuna-fishing vessels across the world. Read more

The Solution is Marine Reserves

In order to protect the world’s oceans, portions have to be left alone. That’s where marine reserves come into the picture. A marine reserve is like putting a giant “Do Not Disturb” sign around an area of the ocean. These protected areas are so important to the future of our oceans—giving wildlife a safe haven free from danger. We are working to convince governments and the United Nations that marine reserves are critical to the oceans' future—especially to advocate for setting aside 40% of the world’s oceans as marine reserves.  Read more

The latest updates


Open Season on Bluefin Tuna Puts Species at Imminent Risk of Commercial Extinction

Media release | April 15, 2009 at 18:00

On the opening day of the bluefin tuna fishing season, Greenpeace called for the fishery to be closed to prevent the species’ imminent commercial extinction – and for restaurants to stop serving the endangered fish.

Government Threatens Native Communities, Bering Sea with Salmon Bycatch Decision

Media release | April 6, 2009 at 18:00

In response to last night’s decision by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to set a bycatch hard cap of 60,000 for Chinook salmon, also known as King salmon, Greenpeace oceans campaigner, George Pletnikoff, an Unangan Alaska Native,...

Greenpeace reaction: Wilkins ice shelf disconnects from Antarctic

Media release | April 4, 2009 at 18:00

Washington--The reported shattering of the ice bridge connecting the Wilkins ice shelf to Antarctica was a complete contrast to progress on global action, Greenpeace said today as negotiations on a new climate deal go into their second week in...

Suit to Be Filed to Protect Arctic Seal Threatened by Global Warming

Media release | March 30, 2009 at 18:00

The Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace today notified the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of their intent to file suit against the agency for denying necessary protections under the Endangered Species Act for the...


Media release | February 4, 2009 at 18:00

In response to today’s Northern Pacific Fisheries Council decision to prevent commercial fishing in the Arctic, Greenpeace oceans campaign director and marine biologist, John Hocevar, issued this statement:

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