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  • Australian government bans dumping in the Great Barrier Reef

    November 12, 2015

    In a landmark victory for the Great Barrier Reef, the Australian government passed a much-anticipated bill to ban dredge dumping in the World Heritage waters. This law closes for good a legal loophole that could have allowed 46 million cubic meters of seabed to be dug up and dumped in this fragile ecosystem.

    aerial view of Great Barrier Reef
  • Oceans under major threat from illegal fishing

    October 29, 2015

    A new WWF report finds more than 85% of global fish stocks in our oceans are at significant risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Species affected by illegal fishing varies across the globe – from Bluefin tuna to mackerels, from snow crabs to shrimp, and hundreds of other species.

    bluefin tuna
  • Stark white, unpainted canvas of coral bleaching threatens oceans

    October 26, 2015

    When you think about the impacts of climate change on the marine environment, your first thought might be the melting polar ice caps. Yet corals are among the most sensitive ecosystems to warming oceans and may be the most impacted by climate change in the near future.

    coral bleaching
  • President Obama cancels 2016 and 2017 oil lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas

    October 19, 2015

    The Obama Administration has cancelled the two potential Arctic offshore oil lease sales in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas that were threatening the future of this region. The newly cancelled leases were scheduled for 2016 and 2017 under the current five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2012-2017, and the decision was made based on the poor “current market conditions and low industry interest.”

    Arctic Ice
  • Are We Buying the Fish We Think We’re Buying?

    October 14, 2015

    WWF is urging the US government to establish regulations, including the proposal of a national traceability program to track seafood from the point where it is caught to its entry into the US, under which all species of fish are eventually covered.

    fishermen on a boat
  • Conserving Our Oceans through ‘Sea Scout'

    October 05, 2015

    In another critical step to protect oceans and conserve marine ecosystems, President Obama announced the development of important new tools to combat the global threat of illegal fishing at the ‘Our Oceans’ conference in Valparaiso, Chile. A new global initiative will focus on fisheries enforcement at sea.

    a fishing boat at sea
  • Shell Abandons Drilling in America's Arctic Ocean

    September 28, 2015

    After years of searching for oil in the cold and turbulent waters of Alaska’s Chukchi Sea, Royal Dutch Shell has abandoned its plans to drill for the “foreseeable future.” This announcement is the conclusion of weeks of summer exploration, where results of drilling to a depth of 6,800 feet indicated oil and gas findings were “not sufficient to warrant further exploration.”

    Beluga Whales Chukchi Sea
  • An Uncertain Future for Our Living Blue Planet

    September 15, 2015

    WWF’s Living Blue Planet Report on the health of the ocean finds that the marine vertebrate population has declined by 49 percent between 1970 and 2012. The report tracks 5,829 populations of 1,234 mammal, bird, reptile, and fish species through a marine living planet index. The evidence, analyzed by researchers at the Zoological Society of London, paints a troubling picture. 

    fish swimming in a school
  • As Arctic Ice Melts, Orcas Move in

    September 10, 2015

    For another year, Arctic sea ice will cover much less of the Arctic Ocean than it used to. And with less ice comes more killer whales—predators that feed on other whales, including some recovering species.

    orcas in Arctic
  • Working Together for Bold Action on Climate Change

    September 01, 2015

    On August 31, 2015, President Obama and leaders of the Arctic nations met in Alaska where they pledged to work together, and with others, to boost strong action on climate change.

  • Approval of Shell Drilling Permit Brings Renewed Risk to the Arctic

    July 23, 2015

    The US government has given approval to Royal Dutch Shell to conduct exploratory drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska. WWF has long opposed drilling in this region, which is crucial for wildlife, fisheries and local people.

    whale calf Chukchi Sea
  • The World from a Sea Turtle's Point of View

    July 09, 2015

    To better understand the post-release behavior of tagged green turtles, WWF and partners carefully fastened a GoPro—a tiny waterproof camera—to the back of a female sea turtle. The 15 minutes of footage the camera collected gives us a unique view of the Great Barrier Reef.

    Green turtle swimming in Great Barrier Reef
  • Swimming with Sharks and Conserving Oceans

    July 02, 2015

    Swimming with sharks in Fiji is a conservation success; the communities that once harvested these sharks are now fully included in the dive venture, and continue to profit from the tourism they attract. Experiences like this reaffirm the work WWF is doing, advocating our efforts in moving the needle forward and making a lasting positive impact on the environment and people’s lives. It goes to show that we can learn from our experiences and become a wiser species.

    bull sharks swimming
  • An End to Great Barrier Reef Dumping Is Imminent

    July 01, 2015

    A full ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef should come to fruition in a matter of months. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has voted to maintain pressure on Australia to deliver on its promise to restore the health of the reef.

    Great Barrier Reef fish
  • Conserving the Future of Mahi Mahi in Peru

    June 08, 2015

    WWF's Alison Cross reflects on her experience visiting Peru's only mahi mahi fishery. Fishers and their families rely on abundant fish stocks for their livelihoods. The fishers of Pucusana, government officials and others had finally recognized both the economic and environmental value of selling a sustainably sourced fish, with the long-term goal of achieving certification from the Marine Stewardship Council, an organization that recognizes sustainable fishing practices.

    pucusana fisherman
  • Boosting the Ocean Economy

    June 04, 2015

    The economic value of marine ecosystem services to people and communities is expected to increase with the expansion of marine protected areas (MPAs), according to analysis of new research commissioned by WWF.

    fishing net and men
  • Ocean Assets Valued at $24 Trillion, but Dwindling Fast

    April 22, 2015

    Our oceans are worth at least $24 trillion, according to a new WWF report Reviving the Ocean Economy: The Case for Action–2015. And goods and services from coastal and marine environments amount to about $2.5 trillion each year—that would put the ocean as the seventh largest economy in the world if put into terms of Gross Domestic Product.

    fishing net
  • Five Years After Deepwater Horizon Spill

    April 16, 2015

    Five years later in the Gulf of Mexico and 26 years after the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, biologists are still recording lasting ecological impacts in these marine areas. Oil spills are impossible to contain in the marine environment, even under the best of conditions. Yet the US government has given Shell Oil Company a preliminary green light to push forward with offshore drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

    deepwater skimming
  • Record Low for Winter Sea Ice in the Arctic

    March 19, 2015

    Following the Earth's warmest year since records began in 1880, Arctic sea ice has shrunk to its lowest maximum winter extent recorded. This record measurement is a sign of thin, slow-growing ice.

    arctic sea ice broken up
  • New US Action Plan to Combat Black Market Fishing

    March 15, 2015

    The Presidential Task Force on Combatting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud announced its action plan in its efforts to stop the import and sale of IUU seafood products in the United States on March 15, 2015, at the largest seafood show in North America.

    fishing port
  • My Fight to Stop Illegal Fishing

    March 12, 2015

    The topic of illegal fishing—poaching some would say—is personal for WWF's Michele Kuruc; she's been working on the issue in one form or another for almost 30 years. This is her story.

    ocean wave
  • Giants of the Ocean: Whale Facts

    February 12, 2015

    At the top of the food chain, whales play a vital role in the overall health of the environment. WWF documents and protects critical feeding and breeding areas, and migration routes of whales. We also work to help shift shipping lanes to limit noise and other disruptions for whales and other marine species.

    humback whale jump
  • Australia’s Great Barrier Reef under Threat

    February 09, 2015

    Unsustainable development alongside the Great Barrier Reef could cause severe damage to one of Earth’s most important marine environmental systems, according to a new report commissioned by WWF. In order to prevent new stress on this already-vulnerable ecosystem, WWF is calling on the Australian government to ban all dumping of dredge spoil in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Site.

    sea turtles in great barrier reef
  • A Community of Champions for Fisheries

    January 21, 2015

    Dalavapuram lies in the Ashtamudi lakes estuary on the southwest coast of India. It is home to a Ramsar Convention site where the intertwined lakes and inlets form a very important estuary system for migratory birds. This is also the home of Ashtamudi short-necked clam fishery, which in November 2014 became the first Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified sustainable fishery in India.

    fresh clams