Oceans cover about 70% of the Earth’s surface. The oceans contain roughly 97% of the Earth’s water supply.. From the freezing Polar Regions to the warm waters of the tropics and deep sea hydrothermal vents to shallow seagrass beds, marine organisms abound. The oceans of Earth serve many functions, especially affecting the weather and temperature. Fishing is the principal livelihood for over 200 million people and provides the main source of protein for more than a billion.
The ocean is our planet’s life support system—and it’s in danger.
It’s not too late to get our fishing practices back on track. Using smart laws, policies, incentives, and market demand, we can help sustain fish populations at healthy levels for years to come.
Organizations protecting the oceans
NRDC- National Resource Defense Council
NRDC fights for sustainable fishing by crafting common sense fishing policies, promoting conservation-minded approaches to how fisheries are managed, and enforcing and defending laws to stop destructive fishing practices.
WWF- World Wildlife Fund
WWF works around the world to protect oceans and the variety of species and communities that depend on them By establishing marine protected areas, responsibly farmed seafood, helping communities adapt to climate change, promoting ecotourism and sustainable development. WWF works to end overfishing, addressing it at both a local and commercial level.
Critical Ocean Issues
Over-fishing: Plenty of Fish in the Sea? Not Always
Sea Temperature Rise: Warmer Oceans Have Far-Reaching Effects
Marine Pollution: Centuries of Abuse Have Taken a Heavy Toll
Ocean Acidification: Carbon Dioxide Is Putting Shelled Animals at Risk
Did You Know?
Pteropods, tiny sea snails whose existence is threatened by ocean acidification, are an important food source for some whales.
What You Can Do
We can all support sustainable fishing by wisely choosing which fish to eat, spreading the word to friends and family, and contacting our lawmakers to make sure they support responsible policies.
Support Organizations Working to Protect the Ocean
Use Fewer Plastic Products
Be an Ocean-Friendly Pet Owner
Influence Change in Your Community
Educate Yourself About Oceans and Marine Life
Help Take Care of the Beach
Engage, Conserve, Restore
- Ocean Acidification: The Other CO2 Problem (alexsandra85blog.wordpress.com)
- Save the oceans from warming (news-oceanacidification-icc.org)
- Nearly a billion ocean-dependent people at risk because of global warming (rinf.com)