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


Five more dead bottlenose dolphins wash ashore in the Gulf of Mexico

Blog by John Hocevar | February 25, 2011 3 comments

In the latest news from the Gulf of Mexico , five more bottlenose dolphins have washed ashore. This brings the total, so far this year, to a staggering 53! Scientists are conducting necropsies, the results of which NOAA says we may...

Community excited about huge oceans victory

Blog by Michelle Frey | February 25, 2011

Recently, wholesale giant, Costco announced a new sustainable seafood policy aimed at protecting the oceans. The response from the public has been amazing! Check out what people have been saying about this huge win for the oceans:...

New Greenpeace Video -- Costco Changes

Blog by Michelle Frey | February 24, 2011

Eight months after leaving Ocean Destroyers Anonymous, Costco reaches out to her sponsor, Carl, who gets an update on Costco's latest strides toward protecting the oceans. While Costco proves they want to be a leader in ocean...

Costco improves seafood policies in a stunning win for the oceans

Blog by Casson Trenor | February 24, 2011 13 comments

I’m elated to share with you a major win for the oceans! After eight months of pressuring Costco to improve their seafood policies—I’m overjoyed to tell you that the wholesale giant announced a new policy aimed at helping to save the...

Horn Island Dolphins

Image gallery | February 22, 2011

Japan cuts its whaling hunt short. Will it be the last?

Blog by Junichi Sato | February 22, 2011

On February 18, 2011, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries announced that they are ending this year’s Antarctic whaling season early, and have called the fleet back to port. This is fantastic news, and not...

Southern Ocean whale hunt comes to a close, for the season

Blog by Phil Kline | February 16, 2011

We have really great information to share with you. News reports from Japanese government sources revealed that Japan has decided to cut short their annual whaling season in the Southern Ocean and bring their fleet back to port. ...

Save the Whales. Save the Money.

Blog by John Hocevar | February 7, 2011 34 comments

If you were watching the Super Bowl on February 6 (or at least tuning in for the always entertaining commercials) you may have seen a commercial starring Cuba Gooding Jr. about saving the whales. It was a pretty tongue-in-cheek...

16,500 people join the virtual vigil to save the whales

Blog by Phil Kline | February 7, 2011 5 comments

So far, 16,500+ people have joined the virtual vigil to save the whales . All our combined messages will show the President that we’re all paying attention and expecting leadership at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) this...

BP delays Arctic drilling plans while government continues inaction

Blog by Melanie Duchin | February 3, 2011

BP just announced that drilling at their controversial Liberty Island site in the Arctic’s Beaufort Sea has been postponed "beyond 2013."  While this is good news because the dangerous drilling has been delayed, we are disappointed...

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