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.

The latest updates


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...

Over 30,000 people send letters in support of marine reserves

Blog by John Hocevar | May 6, 2011

Thank you to the more than 30,000 concerned citizens who took the time to send letters to the National Ocean Council in support of marine reserves and to call for an end to new offshore oil drilling. As the Deepwater Horizon...

Protecting our oceans, one supermarket at a time

Blog by Phil Radford | April 12, 2011

Last month, a group of Greenpeace volunteers in Denver trekked to over 30 Colorado supermarkets to investigate the sustainability of the seafood being sold inside. Armed with an “endangered fish check-list,” what they found--a...

New Greenpeace report: Carting Away the Oceans

Blog by Casson Trenor | April 12, 2011 6 comments

Today marks the release of Greenpeace USA’s fifth Carting Away the Oceans (CATO) report , our periodic snapshot of seafood sustainability in the US grocery sector. Over the past three years, this report has tracked a current of...

Carting Away the Oceans V

Publication | April 12, 2011 at 8:30

Our oceans are in peril. Despite the sustainable seafood movement gaining steam globally, the devastation wrought by global industrialized fishing continues on a massive scale. In spite of overwhelming evidence and strong warnings from the...

Tell the Interior Dept. to Protect the Arctic

Blog by Melanie Duchin | March 8, 2011 1 comment

It’s our time to speak up for the Arctic. The Department of Interior is currently taking public comments on a new five-year oil and gas offshore leasing program until March 31st. Your comments are so important because the plan...

International Unsustainable Overfishing

Blog by Sari Tolvanen | March 4, 2011

Despite the crisis facing our oceans , we often hear excuses from industry players: telling us that we do not need urgent changes to rescue our seas or proposing measures that sound good but when examined closely would fail to do...

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