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

 

University of Cincinnati students bit the line for sustainable tuna

Blog by Guest Post | April 8, 2015

Blog post by Kaitlyn Trent, Greenpeace community coach If you could go on a road trip with anyone dead or alive whom would you take? That question may seem innocuous but add the fear of 25 strangers waiting to hear your answer! Beyoncé. Tina Fey...

Follow Up: Enslaved Fishermen Rescued

Blog by Myriam Fallon | April 3, 2015

There is good news from Indonesia today. Last week we told you about an AP investigation into slavery in the seafood industry. Today, many of the enslaved fishermen featured in last week’s AP investigation have been rescued from the Island...

Nature Beauty Moment – St Paul Island, Alaska

Blog by Mitchell Wenkus | April 3, 2015

Fur seal pups and puffins. Sea lions and scenery. Saint Paul Island is nestled in the heart of the Bering Sea. The scenery and wildlife are gorgeous. Most of the footage is from Saint Paul Island. Full disclosure, the opening shot of the sea...

Greenpeace Podcast: Apps for Activism and Factory Fishing Trawlers

Blog by Mary Ambrose | March 3, 2015

Recently I read a story that I found truly shocking. It was about the sinking of a Korean factory fishing trawler into the frigid depths of the Bering Sea off of Russia’s east coast. This particular factory fishing trawler was on Greenpeace’s...

Nature Moment: Penguins, Dolphins, and Seals Oh My!

Blog by Mitchell Wenkus | March 3, 2015

These might be the 3 most graceful animals of the sea. Of course, that is when they are in the sea. Out of water is a different story. For now, enjoy this underwater footage of penguins, dolphins, and seals being their magnificent selves. Happy...

Nature Beauty Moment – Juneau, Alaska (Video)

Blog by Mitchell Wenkus | February 24, 2015

I want to go back to Alaska. The place is full of beauty. It still baffles me that you can see whales from the State Capital Building’s windows. I took this footage in between filming the Greenpeace Airship fly around Juneau urging policymakers...

Palau Underwater Beauty (Video)

Blog by Mitchell Wenkus | February 17, 2015

When I found this underwater footage in our archives I instantly looked up Palau. Wow! I’m entranced. This place is beautiful. I hope this video brings you a moment of peace and “wow” to your day. I suggest watching in HD and full screen. The...

Bringing Balance to Our Oceans

Blog by John Hocevar | February 9, 2015

The following was originally published in Huffington Post. Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet, providing 97% of the Earth’s livable habitat and a home to more than 700,000 species. The oceans are inseparably linked to our...

Major breakthrough for Ocean Lovers: UN takes landmark step towards high seas...

Blog by Sofia Tsenikli | January 26, 2015

It is time for Ocean Lovers worldwide to celebrate! After years of political foot-dragging, and four hectic days of negotiations at the United Nations, a breakthrough came in the wee hours of Saturday morning, 24 January: governments around the...

7 Resolutions for #OceanLovers

Blog by Veronica Frank | January 20, 2015

As January comes to a close, some New Year’s resolutions may have already fallen by the wayside. But in the final weeks of the month, we all need to think about committing to one more resolution: The resolution to protect the oceans and all its...

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