What We Do: Protecting Our Oceans

Dive into Greenpeace's Oceans campaign and learn how you can help us stop overfishing, end commercial whaling, and create worldwide marine reserves - including the Bering Sea.

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All of Greenpeace USA’s current oceans projects have one thing in common: preserving the health of our oceans and all marine life. We seek to end overfishing, stop the use of commercial and industrial fishing practices, ban commercial whaling, and establish a global network of marine reserves that lets our oceans and all marine life recover.

Marine Reserves

This is the first and most important solution to the challenges our oceans face. If we establish a global network of ocean sanctuaries, we can protect biodiversity and create a "fish bank" that can replenish surrounding areas. Sanctuaries can also increase the resilience of marine ecosystems, giving them a better chance of surviving the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification. We won’t rest until 40% of our oceans are set aside as marine reserves. Read more about what you can do to help.

End whaling

A few countries — namely Japan, Norway, and Iceland — continue to ignore a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling. Every year they kill thousands of whales to supply a dying, black market of illegal whale meat. For more than 40 years Greenpeace has been at the forefront of the fight to end this needless slaughter. And we are so close to winning it. We are now working to ensure that the Obama administration uses its diplomatic leverage to close loopholes and finally end all commercial whaling.

The Bering Sea

The waters of the Bering Sea —between Alaska and Russia — are one of the world’s richest marine environments and fisheries. They are home to a diverse array of wildlife, including polar bears, seals, sea lions, walruses, numerous species of whales, and millions of seabirds. And the Bering’s waters are vital to the ways of life of the indigenous communities who have made their home there for millennia. We are calling for protections of key areas in the Bering Sea, where species and habitats can recover and people who live there can regain the rights to the resources they have always depended upon. Read more. http://beringseacanyons.org/explore/index.html

Ensuring Sustainable Seafood

As consumers’ demand for fish grows, destructive fishing and aquaculture increase to meet demand. We are working to change seafood choices made at a wholesale level by working with supermarket retailers to make sustainable seafood the only choice available. And we are working to educate consumers about sustainable sources of seafood.

Read more about sustainable seafood.

Spotlight on Tuna

Our appetite for tuna is pushing these magnificent, wild, top predators closer and closer to extinction. As more and more people consume tuna, the surge in the number and capacity of tuna-fishing vessels has far outpaced conservation efforts. A great majority of the world’s tuna populations are fully exploited, and many are over-exploited and at risk of crashing. You can join Greenpeace in advocating for more responsible seafood purchasing, both in your homes and among your networks.

Read more about the tuna industry.