Fishing is changing the world's oceans in ways scientists can not fully understand. We may only learn about the nature and extent of the damage after it is too late to do anything to stop it.

A Fishy Story

Beneath the serene beauty of our ocean waters lurks a nightmare worse than any Jaws movie. You could compare it to alien abduction - massive numbers of fish are being snatched out of the water by high-tech factory fishing trawlers. This nightmare scenario is real, and the impacts on our ocean's ecosystems are extensive. Entire populations of fish are being targeted and destroyed, disrupting the food chain from top to bottom.

A Tiny Example of an Enormous Problem

Throughout the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding Atlantic waters, there lives a fish near the bottom of the food chain: it's called the menhaden. It's not a glamorous or beautiful fish, but this tiny creature supports an entire food chain that leads all the way up to whales in the Atlantic Ocean. And it is disappearing.

This once abundant fish has become the symbol of overfishing, and its loss could have a dramatic impact on our oceans.

If the menhaden is the symbol of overfishing, the Omega Protein company has become the symbol of corporate greed and excess in the fishing community. Omega's high-tech factory ships have been locating menhaden schools and literally vacuuming them out of the water.

The fishiest part of this story is that it is just one example of many in our oceans today.

This summer, Greenpeace is focussing on a tiny fish in the Chesapeake Bay, to demonstrate a worldwide problem facing our oceans. Join us on our voyage to save the oceans.

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7 Resolutions for #OceanLovers

Blog by Veronica Frank | January 20, 2015

As January comes to a close, some New Year’s resolutions may have already fallen by the wayside. But in the final weeks of the month, we all need to think about committing to one more resolution: The resolution to protect the oceans and all its...

Bring Balance to the Bering Sea

Blog by Jackie Dragon | January 16, 2015

This week in Seattle billboards and posters are popping up with a message for companies that profit from the sale of our ocean wildlife. Greenpeace, Mission Blue, and Marine Conservation Institute — three organizations committed to protecting...

Forced labor on Thai fishing vessels

Blog by Farah Obaidullah | January 16, 2015

Plan to put prisoners on fishing boats sparks international condemnation – but what will US seafood businesses do? Late last year, Thai Union purchased the infamous Bumble Bee tuna brand. Given Bumble Bee’s terrible track record, a change in...

Endangered whale testicle beer is a thing now

Blog by John Hocevar | January 16, 2015

From the country that brought you sweaters for sheep and “Freezers Full of Whale Meat We Literally Can’t Even Give Away™” comes the exciting new product no one knew they couldn’t live without, Whale Ball Beer. That’s right, beer made from the...

How Greenpeace may be about to stop US $150 million getting into a dodgy fishing company

Blog by Elsa Lee | October 15, 2014

Seeing Greenpeace in the leading headline of Hong Kong’s most prestigious financial newspaper is not something I am used to! But if you knew why, you would see how your support is bringing companies engaged in overfishing to their knees. It...

The story behind Greenpeace’s squid attacking a submarine footage

Blog by Cassady Sharp | October 13, 2014

In case you missed it, last week was Cephalopod Awareness Week. This gave us the perfect opportunity to dig through photos and video footage of a 2007 research expedition into the Bering Sea canyons during which the research team ran into...

Korea’s fishing crime wave

Blog by Karli Thomas | October 13, 2014

It’s incredible to watch the unravelling of the tangled web illegal fishers have woven around their dirty business. Fishing companies have created elaborate webs of deception stretching from Korea to New Zealand, Argentina to South Africa, and...

Retailers and consumers can chart a course away from slavery at sea

Blog by Guest Post | September 19, 2014

Commentary: The dark side of cheap shrimp is human slavery on fishing boats in international waters. Last June, media reports sparked an outcry over human slavery on fishing vessels — a dark side of the cheap shrimp and other seafood now sold...

California Blue Whales Recover From Whaling, Study Finds

Blog by Cassady Sharp | September 8, 2014

Originally posted to Huffington Post LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new analysis suggests there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago. The Los Angeles...

Marine Protected Areas as Part of Washington’s Global Warming Strategy

Blog by Amber Smith | September 2, 2014

In Washington State, scientists, policy wonks, journalists, conservation groups, and the seafood industry have been studying global warming’s disastrous effect on marine ecosystems and brainstorming ways that society can prevent and mitigate...

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