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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full speed ahead

Blog by jhocevar | August 14, 2005 4 comments

It's been quite a week! Even after receiving around 20,000 comments from fishermen and environmentalists calling for a moratorium on factory fishing for menhaden and hundreds more who spoke out at public hearings, it still wasn't...

Greenpeace activists prevent industrial fishing

Image | August 10, 2005 at 10:31

Greenpeace activists prevent industrial fishing giant Omega from reaching a large school of menhaden.

A Big Fight for a Small Fish

Feature story | August 9, 2005 at 18:00

Just as giant factory fishing nets were about to scoop up tens of thousands of fish from the Chesapeake Bay, our activists sped onto the scene in inflatables to rescue the small fish from a tragic fate.

Overfishing

Blog by jhocevar | August 3, 2005 10 comments

As fishermen and environmentalists battle factory fishing giant Omega Protein in the western Atlantic, overfishing continues to take its toll on ecosystems worldwide. In Western Australia, local officials recently sought to draw...

Activists protest in front of Omega Protein's

Image | July 22, 2005 at 19:00

Activists protest in front of Omega Protein's fish processing facility on Cockrell's Creek.

Healthy Oceans 11000, Factory Fishing ZERO

Blog by jhocevar | July 22, 2005 14 comments

Greenpeace is working with fishermen and environmentalists to stop factory fishing giant Omega Protein from vacuuming so many fish out of the Atlantic that it is putting entire ecosystems at risk. Omega has bullied the Atlantic...

Factory fishing giant Omega vacuums massive

Image | July 20, 2005 at 11:25

Factory fishing giant Omega vacuums massive volumes of menhaden out of the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Tides are Turning: Whalers Lose Ground at Pivotal Meeting

Feature story | June 21, 2005 at 18:00

Japan was hoping to bully or buy other countries into paving the way for the resumption of commercial whaling at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) meeting this year.

A ceremony at the Ulsan Whale Festival during

Image | June 18, 2005 at 19:00

A ceremony at the Ulsan Whale Festival during the IWC meeting.

Greenpeace activists prevent trawler from

Image | June 7, 2005 at 18:00

Greenpeace activists prevent trawler from deploying destructive nets.

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