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


Something is killing baby dolphins in the Gulf

Blog by John Hocevar | March 3, 2011 4 comments

Dead baby dolphins are currently washing up along the Gulf coast . But that hasn’t stopped the US government this week from issuing the first deep water drilling permit since the BP oil disaster. And they’re considering plans...

New and free: Kings of the deep desktop wallpaper

Blog by Michelle Frey | March 3, 2011 1 comment

Greenpeace supporter and graphic designer Greg Straight kindly donated this whale desktop wallpaper for use by other Greenpeace supporters. Thanks Greg! You can download this "Kings of the Deep" wallpaper and other great...

Over 25,000 people have signed our action alert to Wal-Mart & SUPERVALU

Blog by Michelle Frey | February 28, 2011 1 comment

Over 25,000 people (and counting) have signed our action alert to Wal-Mart & SUPERVALU asking them to clean up their act and save the oceans. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!! The amazing public response...

Oil and ice

Blog by Frida Bengtsson | February 28, 2011 2 comments

On the evening of February 17th, the Icelandic containership Godafoss ran aground in the Hvaler national park in southern Norway and started leaking heavy oil. One of the biggest challenges of the cleanup operations has been to...

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...

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