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The climate crisis is an ocean crisis – Greenpeace report calls for urgent global political response to ocean breakdown

December 2019

Madrid, 4 December 2019 – The impact of the climate crisis on our oceans has far-reaching implications for biodiversity and humankind, requiring an urgent global political response in the next…

World Fisheries Day or Worst Fisheries Day?

November 2019

As the world is celebrating the “World Fisheries Day” today, it is the right time to further reflect on the state of the fisheries which deserve mourning rather than celebration…

Heartfelt outcry from female fish processors on the morning of World Fisheries Day

November 2019

“What are we going to do if we can’t process fish? How will we take care of our families and our children’s education?”

10 key facts about the Southern Right whale and why it's important to protect their habitat

November 2019

Whales are very important for the oceans. It could be said that they are “ecosystem engineers” because they help, in various ways, to keep life at sea healthy by redistributing…

Hope for the oceans: Greenpeace divers discover ocean paradise off the coast of Cape Town

November 2019

Cape Town, 12 November 2019 – A team of Greenpeace activists, divers and scientists onboard Greenpeace’s iconic Arctic Sunrise discovered a biodiversity haven on the Vema Seamount, 1 000km off…

Ghost gear: the abandoned fishing nets haunting our oceans

November 2019

Our new report Ghost gear: the abandoned fishing nets haunting our oceans takes a look at lost and abandoned fishing gear that keeps impacting our ocean’s marine life,  even after…

Greenpeace exposes destructive fishing vessels in the South Atlantic

November 2019

Montevideo, Uruguay, 31 October 2019 — Greenpeace Andino activists protested today against the lack of regulation for the fishing industry in the South Atlantic by displaying a 25 meter-long banner…

There are enormous mountains under the sea. Here are five things you need to know.

October 2019

1/ Seamounts were once volcanoes Seamounts are large submarine volcanic mountains, formed through volcanic activity and submerged under the ocean. Though they were once seen as nothing more than a…

It's a monster, a plastic monster!

September 2019

A shoal of surreal, plastic-pollution monsters seized Nelson Mandela University (NMU) campus on 28 August. The anti-plastic-pollution performance was born out of a desire to raise awareness about the plastic…

New IPCC report shows critical need for accelerated climate action and oceans protection

September 2019

Monaco, 25 September, 2019 – The launch of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere today, highlights the need for governments to urgently…

Greenpeace Africa Documentary Shines Light on the Stolen Heritage of Western Cape Fishing Communities

September 2019

Cape Town, 24 September 2019. This Heritage Day, Greenpeace Africa shared a teaser for an upcoming documentary it produced to amplify the voices of small-scale fishers in the Western Cape.…

Arctic Sunrise set to liven up the ocean around Cape Town. 19, 20 October - V&A Waterfront

September 2019

Something big is coming… all the way from the Arctic to the blue shores of South Africa. An adventure from the north pole to the south pole – a quest…

Greenpeace Africa calls on African states to work towards an ambitious global treaty for the oceans

September 2019

Dakar, September 11th, 2019 – Today, Greenpeace urged African governments to work towards a strong global treaty for the oceans that could help protect at least 30% of the high…

It could be our last chance to protect the Amazon Reef region

September 2019

The Amazon Reef region is a vital, diverse and beautiful area between Brazil and French Guiana. A place where the impossible becomes a reality: a reef that grows at up…

Scientists sound alarm about “destructive” deep sea mining as Greenpeace demands government action

July 2019

Kingston, Jamaica, 23 July 2019 – Marine scientists from around the world have issued a stark warning about the emerging industry of deep sea mining, stating that its development “puts…

Deep sea mining is not the future

July 2019

If you were planning to send monster machines down to a deep ocean habitat that’s full of creatures found nowhere else on Earth, you’d need a pretty good story to…

Why West African Coastal countries should phase out fishmeal/fish oil

July 2019

It’s incredible to realize how a simple conversation with a person could change your life’s perspectives. I had a very intense chat with a woman processor of Bargny, in Senegal.…

New Greenpeace report warns of ‘irreversible harm’ from deep sea mining

July 2019

The world’s oceans could face severe and irreversible harm unless tighter environmental safeguards are put in place to protect them from the risks of deep sea mining, warns a new…

Greenpeace: moratorium can help stop senseless whale deaths

June 2019

28 June 2019, Johannesburg: Responding to news that a second humpback whale has died off the coast of False Bay from being entangled in octopus fishery nets, Melita Steele, Senior…

Greenpeace: Fishmeal industry stealing regional food and livelihoods in West Africa

June 2019

Dakar, 19 June 2019 — Greenpeace is calling on West African governments to immediately phase out the wasteful fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO) industry, to stop the threat to regional…

Department of Environmental Affairs boldly dips a toe into environmental protection

May 2019

Johannesburg, 24 May 2019 — The Department of Environmental Affairs has announced that twenty protected marine areas have been established in South Africa. They have also announced that the unlawfully…

World's most northern ice concert performed in support of Ocean Sanctuaries

May 2019

Tempelfjorden, Norway, 15 May 2019 – Greenpeace has partnered with a group of musicians to record an ice concert in the far north of the Arctic. They played a piece…

Standing strong through the storm

March 2019

Johannesburg, 18 March 2019 — Death tolls in Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe continue to rise after Idai made landfall in Mozambique on Thursday. As news of tragedy spreads in the…

A world that is safe and healthy with vibrant oceans is possible!

November 2018

A world that is safe and healthy with vibrant oceans, is possible. And that’s why we are campaigning to end the flow of plastic into our oceans, ensuring stricter measures…

Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally found to contain micro-plastics

October 2018

Dakar, Senegal, 18 October 2018 – Over 90% of sampled salt brands globally were found to contain microplastics, with the highest number coming from salt sourced in Asia, according to…

Loss of lives at sea: Greenpeace calls on the Senegalese Government to improve safety at sea for small-scale artisanal fishermen

October 2018

Dakar Senegal, 23/10/2018 – Greenpeace Africa has today, released a new documentary on the numerous cases of small-scale fishermen who have lost their lives in Senegalese waters. Over the past…

These 10 companies are flooding the planet with throwaway plastic

October 2018

Volunteers collected and catalogued more than 187,000 pieces of trash from beach cleanups around the world to find out who’s flooding our planet with plastic. The equivalent of one truckload…

30 Plastic Facts to Set the Record Straight

September 2018

There is no disputing the critical environmental situation resulting from our excessive and unnecessary use of plastic. There is currently enough plastic in the ocean to circle the Earth over…

Kenya’s Youths Demand Big Corporations to Stop Single-Use Plastics

April 2018

Nairobi, 18 April 2018 - Ahead of this year’s Earth Day (April 22), youths from Kenya are urging Coca-Cola Central East & West Africa Limited, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) and…

This is why the Antarctic needs your help

March 2018

Six years ago, sitting behind a computer of a construction company, I realised I needed to do more with my life. I no longer wanted to keep financial records of…

A new era is opening!

March 2018

Like a wildfire, the decision by the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) to sanction vessels involved in illegal fishing activities in Africa has spread throughout the region. From Nouadhibou (in…

I can still feel the enthusiasm of our Cameroon volunteers!

March 2018

As I stepped out of the plane at the Yaounde international airport, the humid twenty-eight degree Celsius (28⁰C) midday temperature engulfed  my face and though perspiring, it gave me the feeling…

Illegal fishing - game over for repeat offenders

March 2018

Greenpeace campaigner, Pavel Klinckhamers, looks out for fishing boats with binoculars from the Esperanza’s monkey island. Sometimes, results of our work are not immediately visible, and lots of behind the…

Chinese companies see subsidies cancelled and permits removed for illegal fishing in West Africa

March 2018

Dakar, Senegal 9 March 2018 – The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) is pulling the plug on three Chinese companies conducting Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in West Africa.…

Penguins March to Cape Town

February 2018

People around the world are waking up to pictures of penguin sightings across the globe. The penguins have been spotted travelling on trains, arriving at international airports and at iconic…

5 More Things Businesses Can Do Now That They’ve Realised #StrawsSuck

February 2018

The #StrawsSuck movement is gaining momentum the world over. Aiming to curb usage of single-use plastics, the campaign urges all individuals and businesses to stop using plastic straws – and…

5 things you (probably) didn't know about the Antarctic

February 2018

In 2017 we launched a campaign to create an Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary – the largest protected area on Earth. But why? Well, apart from being home to amazing animals such…

Which is the Antarctic's top penguin?

January 2018

Not every penguin is up to the challenge of living in the Antarctic, but those that do are a special sort of awesome. Remember, they don’t have the luxury of…

Setting sail to protect the Antarctic

January 2018

As I write this, the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise, is sailing South. For the next three months, the crew will be working alongside a team of campaigners, photographers, film-makers, scientists…

March of the penguins

January 2018

This morning, people around the world are waking up to pictures of penguin sightings across the globe. The penguins have been spotted travelling on trains, arriving at international airports and…

A cost that curses!

December 2017

On November 21st, s the World was celebrating Fisheries Day, Greenpeace Africa chose this symbolic date to publish its report” The cost of ocean Destruction”

The Cost of Ocean Destruction

November 2017

West Africa’s coastal waters lie within one of four of the world’s major ocean upwellings, all of which can be found on the eastern boundaries of the Pacifc and Atlantic…

Greenpeace ship arrives for the first time in Cameroon with a message for the protection of the Congo Basin forest

October 2017

Douala, 13 October 2017: The Greenpeace ship – The Esperanza - has docked at the port of Douala in Cameroon on the first leg of its tour in Central Africa.…

Greenpeace Africa in total solidarity with the People of Sierra Leone

August 2017

Dakar, 17 August 2017- Following the disaster that struck Freetown on 13 August 2017 and killed at least 312 people and thousands of homeless people, Greenpeace Africa expressed its compassion…

13 infractions found in just twenty days of fisheries surveillance in West Africa

May 2017

Dakar, 4 May 2017 - 11 arrests of vessels fishing illegally have occurred in just three weeks of joint surveillance with local authorities in West African waters. This is out…

A Wealth of Life - the beauty of West Africa

April 2017

Sailing across  the nutrient rich waters of the West African Atlantic Ocean these past two months, I have been lucky enough to see an incredible array of wildlife. Whales, dolphins…

"I saw the plunder of our oceans with my own eyes"

April 2017

Four days, four cases of illegal fishing in Sierra Leone

Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days

April 2017

Freetown, 20 April 2017 - Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one…