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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Inspiration for Marine Reserves

Blog by Phil Kline | August 31, 2010 3 comments

Last week while on holiday, I was lucky enough to spend 6 days snorkeling in the Bunaken Island National Marine Park (BINMP). The park is located in northern Sulewesi Indonesia almost right on the equator. BINMP was established in 1991...

How much is a Steller sea lion worth?

Blog by Michelle Frey | August 11, 2010 2 comments

The Alaskan fishing industry is reeling (pun intended) over a new report out by federal scientists who are calling for closures of some Alaskan fisheries beginning January 2011. Last week, scientists issued their recommendations in a...

Is the Oil Gone?

Blog by Michelle Frey | August 6, 2010 6 comments

This blog comes from John Hocevar, Greenpeace oceans campaigner. In a report released on August 4, the Obama administration declared that 74% of oil from the BP oil spill has evaporated or been burned, skimmed, recovered ...

Defending the last ocean

Publication | August 5, 2010 at 14:13

This is the story of how our fishermen, having taken so many fish from the seas closer to home, are now venturing to the ends of the Earth in order to maintain our insatiable appetite for seafood. This is also the story of how a group of...

Menhaden might just get some help

Blog by Michelle Frey | August 4, 2010

This blog comes from Phil Kline, oceans campaigner... Menhaden? You might be asking yourself what the heck is a Menhaden. Menhaden are a small oily fish that is actually one of the most important fish in the sea. The tiny fish is a...

The Gulf is now one massive experiment

Blog by greenpeace_guest_blogger | July 28, 2010 4 comments

I'm back home now after nearly two weeks of working as a boat driver for Greenpeace in the Gulf.  This was my second time in the Gulf to help with work related to the BP Deep water Horizon disaster.  What I experienced this time was...

Steller Sea Lion and the Tribal Community

Blog by pribilof | July 20, 2010 3 comments

Discussing the plight of the Steller sea lion (SSL) can be a very emotional issue because of how it impacts both the subsistence and commercial activities that Tribal Communities (TCs) may be dependent upon. However, it is worth...

Reflections on the International Whaling Commission's June Meeting

Blog by Phil Kline | July 15, 2010 4 comments

Sometimes doing nothing is a good outcome and this is exactly what the IWC did at it’s June meeting in Agadir, Morocco nothing.  There was a real possibility that the decades old moratorium on commercial whaling could have been over...

A royal pardon

Blog by cassontrenor | July 14, 2010

In the embattled world of sustainable seafood, it's always nice to see positive change in a major public venue. As heartwarming as it is to hear from someone who has pledged to stop eating Chilean sea bass or unagi , it feels even...

There's only one Ocean for everyone

Blog by michellefrey | July 6, 2010

As the temperature rises here in Washington, DC and all over the country, people flock to beaches, pools, and anyplace we can find to splash around and cool off. My son loves the water. He’s happy to run right in without a care in the...

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