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.

The latest updates


Is our pressure on Costco working?

Blog by Casson Trenor | November 16, 2010 9 comments

I want to thank you for being on the frontlines and helping us pressure Costco to protect the oceans by saying no to wholesale destruction. I’m hesitant, but want to share with you that it appears our pressure may be working. ...

Help bluefin tuna before they go extinct

Blog by Phil Kline | November 10, 2010 2 comments

Bluefin tuna are often called the cheetahs of the oceans. That’s because they can reach speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. They can reach lengths of 10 feet and weigh up to 1,500 pounds. But, as magnificent as they are— the bluefin...

You're Invited Onboard

Blog by John Hocevar | October 19, 2010 7 comments

Right now I’m onboard the Arctic Sunrise in the Gulf of Mexico, and I’d like to invite you to join me. We’ve been working with independent scientists to uncover the truth around the world’s largest oil spill, and I want to share...

Submarine Work

Image | October 13, 2010 at 11:28

13 October 2010 - Gulfport, Miss. - Second mate Sergiy Demydov inspects the Dual Deep Worker Submarine before loading the vessel onto The Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise at dock. Led by Steve Ross of the University of North Carolina Wilmington...

You did it! Finally, some good news for Steller sea lions

Blog by George Pletnikoff | October 12, 2010 1 comment

The Steller Sea Lion (SSL) of the North Pacific have been in danger of extinction, depletion or as a threatened species for a long time. As Unangan people who live on the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands and depend heavily upon the...

Whale Ho!

Blog by Phil Kline | September 13, 2010 4 comments

After a depressing day last week on Mississippi’s Horn Island, where we saw all the tar balls that still need to be cleaned up , the Arctic Sunrise headed into Gulf Port to load up acoustic scientific gear and team of scientists for...

Activists are not criminals

Blog by Kumi Naidoo | September 10, 2010 1 comment

After more than two years of political prosecution, my colleagues Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki were this week handed a one-year jail sentence, suspended for three years. Their crime: exposing corruption in the Japanese whaling...

Inspiration for Marine Reserves

Blog by Phil Kline | August 31, 2010 3 comments

Last week while on holiday, I was lucky enough to spend 6 days snorkeling in the Bunaken Island National Marine Park (BINMP). The park is located in northern Sulewesi Indonesia almost right on the equator. BINMP was established in 1991...

How much is a Steller sea lion worth?

Blog by Michelle Frey | August 11, 2010 2 comments

The Alaskan fishing industry is reeling (pun intended) over a new report out by federal scientists who are calling for closures of some Alaskan fisheries beginning January 2011. Last week, scientists issued their recommendations in a...

Is the Oil Gone?

Blog by Michelle Frey | August 6, 2010 6 comments

This blog comes from John Hocevar, Greenpeace oceans campaigner. In a report released on August 4, the Obama administration declared that 74% of oil from the BP oil spill has evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered ...

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