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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Tuna to Greenpeace: Help!!! A New Cartoon

Blog by chris eaton | November 22, 2011

Big thanks to cartoonist Joe Mohr for helping to bridge the gap between humans and tuna! TAKE ACTION: Send a message to Chicken of the Sea demanding they end destructive fishing practices.

ASMFC Votes to Save Menhaden

Blog by Meena Hussain | November 15, 2011

We did it! In an overwhelming vote of 14-3, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission took the historic first step of starting to reform the management of menhaden on our Atlantic coast. It was all thanks to 90,000 public...

Chicken of the Sea -- The Tuna Terrorist?

Blog by Jay Ferrari | November 3, 2011 2 comments

Nothing beats a tasty tuna sammich, but the fact that your favorite fish might have been caught using environmentally devastating methods should leave a bad taste in your mouth.  Chicken of the Sea's fishing techniques are...

Thank You for Taking Action to Save Menhaden!

Blog by Meena Hussain | November 2, 2011

Thank you all so much for taking action to save menhaden. The comment period just closed, and we have had a total of 27,776 action takers. That is A LOT of comments, and we couldn't have done it without you!     Meena...

Menhaden: A small fish that’s vital to the Atlantic ecosystem

Blog by Meena Hussain | October 25, 2011 2 comments

Last Tuesday, I took a beautiful drive out to Colonial Beach, VA. Sunset on the Chesapeake Bay was spectacular, something I'd never experienced before. Riding with me were our Oceans campaigner Phil Kline, our Frontline Operations...

Hope for Pacific oceans, Pacific people, Pacific lives

Blog by Duncan Williams, Greenpeace Australia Pacific | October 19, 2011 1 comment

© Paul Hilton/Greenpeace As a Pacific Islander onboard the Greenpeace vessel Esperanza (Spanish for Hope), I cannot help but feel that there is hope despite the plight facing our magnificent Pacific Ocean. This vast ...

20 amazing whale photos from the Greenpeace collection

Blog by Nicole Sands | July 27, 2011 6 comments

Pod of Narwhals in Greenland   Blue Whale of the coast of Sri Lanka   Humpback Whale in the Southern Ocean   Humpback Whale breaching   Sperm Whale off Dominica You can...

UK in the spotlight as global whale conference comes to Jersey

Blog by Willie Mackenzie, Greenpeace UK | July 11, 2011 2 comments

In a warehouse-like hall in a hotel on the island of Jersey in the English Channel, several hundred people have gathered this week for the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission. This is my first time at one of...

2,000 Tonnes of Frozen Whale Meat

Blog by Phil Kline | May 18, 2011 8 comments

There’s a freezer in Iceland storing 2,000 tonnes of whale meat that no one wants. And every year they keep packing more into it by killing more whales. It’s completely senseless. Iceland is one of the few countries in the world...

Beyond the Obituaries

Blog by John Hocevar | May 16, 2011

Greetings from Vancouver Island, home of this year’s International Marine Conservation Congress. The meeting kicked off with a full day session organized by Dr. Nancy Knowlton called Beyond the Obituaries: Success Stories in Marine...

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