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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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.

Greenpeace activists disrupt the setting

Image | June 7, 2005 at 15:46

Greenpeace activists disrupt the setting of a bottom trawl net by attaching an inflatable liferaft.

Potatoes Fired at Greenpeace Activists!

Feature story | June 6, 2005 at 18:00

Activists aboard the Rainbow Warrior took on a bottom trawling vessel off the coast of New Zealand, preventing the ship from deploying its lethal nets by attaching an inflatable life raft. The vessel's crew responded by firing potatoes at our...

Representatives of the Jangsaengpo Community

Image | May 25, 2005 at 19:00

Representatives of the Jangsaengpo Community reconcile with Greenpeace activists at the Whale Embassy.

Big Oil Pushes to Blast Coasts; Marine Life at Risk

Feature story | May 25, 2005 at 18:00

While the heated debate on energy legislation rages in Congress, there’s one aspect of it that is quietly emerging as a serious threat to marine life in our oceans.

Freedom for the seas for now and for the future

Publication | April 27, 2005 at 18:00

Current high seas oceans management is fundamentally flawed. It is creating the biggest unseen and potentially irreversible environmental disaster of our time. Marine biodiversity is being unsustainably plundered because of legal gaps and the...

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