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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World Oceans Day 2013

Image gallery | June 5, 2013

Carting Away the Oceans 7

Publication | May 29, 2013 at 10:10

Greenpeace's Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report evaluates and ranks supermarkets on their sustainable seafood policies. This seventh iteration of CATO has been written under a new motif—one that lends itself to a slightly softer and more...

World Biodiversity Day

Image gallery | May 22, 2013

Artisanal Fishing In Mauritius

Image gallery | May 15, 2013

Esperanza In The Indian Ocean

Image gallery | April 18, 2013

Brrrrrrrr: Arctic ice loss responsible for our chilly spring

Blog by Cassady Sharp | March 27, 2013

Although it’s Cherry Blossom festival time in Washington D.C., Greenpeace’s United States headquarters, we’re still bundled in our winter gear. Turns out that the same warmer temperatures causing Arctic ice loss at record-breaking speeds are...

How much scandal can fit in one can of tuna?

Blog by Casson Trenor | March 21, 2013

We’ve seen things go from bad to worse in the conventional canned tuna industry over the last year. In 2011, with the launch of Greenpeace’s campaign to reform Chicken of the Sea, information on the sector’s destructive practices came to … ...

Esperanza arrives in Davao

Image gallery | December 11, 2012

Spanish Longliner, South West Indian Ocean

Image gallery | October 2, 2012

Humpback Whales in The Indian Ocean

Image gallery | October 1, 2012

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