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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The Canadian Seal Hunt: No Management and No Plan

Publication | March 8, 2005 at 18:00

In 2003, the Canadian government began the implementation of its three-year Atlantic Seal Hunt Management Plan. This Management Plan allows the largest commercial hunt of harp seals since total allowable catches were first introduced in 1971...

Protect the Dugong - Stop the Airbase

Feature story | March 2, 2005 at 18:00

Update: On March 15, the governor of Okinawa asked Japan and the U.S. to remove all of the nearly 20,000 U.S. Marines from the southern Japanese island chain. The statement follows our efforts to stop construction of the proposed new U.S. airbase...

Genetically Engineered Fish - New Threats to the Environment

Publication | January 4, 2005 at 18:00

This briefing examines the development of genetically engineered (GE) fish, which could soon be produced on a commercial scale.

Greenpeace campaigner Melanie Duchin monitoring

Image | December 13, 2004 at 18:00

Greenpeace campaigner Melanie Duchin monitoring the environmental impacts of the oil spill resulting from the shipwreck of the Malaysian freighter Selendang.

Greenpeace campaigner

Image | December 13, 2004 at 18:00

Greenpeace campaigner, Melanie Duchin monitoring the environmental impacts of the oil spill resulting from the shipwreck of the Malaysian freighter Selendang.

Greenpeace campaigner

Image | December 13, 2004 at 18:00

Greenpeace campaigner, Melanie Duchin monitoring the environmental impacts of the oil spill resulting from the shipwreck of the Malaysian freighter Selendang.

Greenpeace campaigner

Image | December 13, 2004 at 18:00

Greenpeace campaigner, Melanie Duchin monitoring the environmental impacts of the oil spill resulting from the shipwreck of the Malaysian freighter Selendang.

Greenpeace campaigner

Image | December 13, 2004 at 18:00

Greenpeace campaigner, Melanie Duchin monitoring the environmental impacts of the oil spill resulting from the shipwreck of the Malaysian freighter Selendang.

Greenpeace campaigner

Image | December 13, 2004 at 18:00

Greenpeace campaigner, Melanie Duchin monitoring the environmental impacts of the oil spill resulting from the shipwreck of the Malaysian freighter Selendang.

This spectacular squid is discarded as bycatch

Image | October 16, 2004 at 19:00

This spectacular squid is discarded as bycatch from a Spanish bottom trawler.

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