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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Principles for Ecologically Responsible Fisheries

Feature story | May 19, 2003 at 18:00

Fishery Ecosystem Plan

The Massive Waste of Bycatch

Feature story | May 19, 2003 at 18:00

Bycatch-unwanted fish and other marine life that get caught up in fishing nets and discarded-is one aspect of the ecosystem-wide destruction caused by factory trawlers. Factory trawlers use their huge nets to indiscriminately catch everything in...

American Fisheries Act - Permanent Privatization and Corporatization of the North Pacific

Feature story | May 19, 2003 at 18:00

In 1997, Senator Stevens (R-AK) introduced a bill, the American Fisheries Act (AFA), that would have closed U.S. fisheries to any new factory trawlers and begun the phase-out of the entire U.S. factory trawler fleet. The bill faced stiff...

Bush/Norton: 1 Environment: 0

Feature story | January 29, 2001 at 18:00

The Senate has confirmed Gale Norton as Interior Secretary. There is little to applaud in anticipation of Norton overseeing the management of our public lands.

Since the 18th century, we've seen declines in stellar sea lion populations. View a...

Feature story | July 2, 2000 at 18:00

Since the 18th century, we've seen declines in stellar sea lion populations. View a timeline.

Greenpeace fights Japanese whaling in the

Image | December 24, 1999 at 19:00

Greenpeace fights Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary off Antartica.

Greenpeace attempts to stop Japanese whaling

Image | December 19, 1999 at 19:00

Greenpeace attempts to stop Japanese whaling off the coast of Antarctica.

Greenpeace activist Milo Dahlman in snowstorm

Image | February 28, 1995 at 19:00

Greenpeace activist Milo Dahlman in snowstorm during action against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.

Greenpeace founder Bob Hunter and activist

Image | April 30, 1976 at 19:00

Greenpeace founder Bob Hunter and activist Paul Watson protect a seal during Canada's hunt.

Greenpeace activists protest at the stern

Image | December 31, 1974 at 19:00

Greenpeace activists protest at the stern of a whaling factory ship in the Southern Ocean.

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