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Aerial view of Bristol Bay watershed

Why is Bristol Bay important for salmon? And seven other Bristol Bay facts

Alaska’s Bristol Bay is a sprawling watershed of winding streams and rivers, vast wetlands and tundra, forests of alder and spruce, and home to a variety of fish, birds and terrestrial animals. Learn more about this incredible place that WWF is working hard to save.

  • A new plan to save Belize's livelihood-giving reef and coasts

    July 27, 2017

    The coastal nation of Belize is at a crossroads. In 2009, the reef system was added to UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger. It remains on the list today because of mangrove deforestation, unsustainable coastal development and offshore oil exploration. The good news is a coastal zone management plan can safeguard Belize’s natural assets and produce a win-win opportunity for the people and environment.

    Fish in the ocean in Belize.
  • Belize fails to implement promised protections for the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site

    June 27, 2017

    The government of Belize has not put into place promised protections for the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage site, leaving the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere under threat from offshore oil drilling and damaging coastal construction, according to a new WWF assessment.

    Construction in Belize's barrier reef
  • Mexico commits to critical measures to save the vaquita

    June 08, 2017

    The government of Mexico announces a permanent ban on gillnets in the Upper Gulf of California - a fantastic and encouraging step forward in the path to saving the vaquita.

    Fins
  • Without global action, the world’s smallest porpoise could go extinct by 2018

    May 15, 2017

    With an estimated 30 or fewer remaining individuals, the vaquita are the focus of WWF’s new report calling for immediate, collective action to save the species from extinction. Prepared for WWF by Dalberg, Vanishing vaquita: saving the world’s most endangered marine mammal comes just before the two-year ban is due to expire at the end of May. 

    Fin
  • Video reveals how narhwals use their tusks

    May 12, 2017

    New footage shows how narwhals use their tusks to hunt and stun fish before eating them.

    narwhal group
  • The vaquita: 5 Facts about the most endangered marine mammal

    May 09, 2017

    Learn more about this little porpoise, and what you can do to help save the vaquita. 

    Fin
  • Working together to save World Heritage Sites

    April 18, 2017

    On World Heritage Day, we’re highlighting some of the incredible sites that WWF is working to save. These sites belong to all of us, and together we can protect them for wildlife and people around the world.

    Green turtles in the ocean.
  • A whale's eye view of Antarctica

    April 14, 2017

    Whales are awe-inspiring and often elusive creatures. Their distribution and critical feeding areas are currently poorly understood, and as climate change and krill fishing increase, our time to learn more about these giant mammals is running out. However, with the help of Dr. Ari Friedlaender, a whale ecologist and National Geographic Explorer, WWF is using whale tagging to discover a wealth of new information.

    The fluke of a humpback whale diving to feed
  • Arctic ice in trouble

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    The receding sea ice at the North Pole threatens arctic species
    Ship moving through Arctic sea ice
  • A legendary creature is a microcosm of the oceans in which it dwells

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2017
    Often mistaken for a jellyfish, man o' war is actually a species of siphonophore, a colony of individual organisms that together operate as a single animal—one famous for its tendrils and harsh sting.
    Jelly Fish Magazine Summer 2017
  • Mangroves mean life for coastal communities throughout the tropics

    February 23, 2017

    Mangroves provide valuable services for people and the planet but they’re disappearing at an alarming rate and human activity is mostly to blame. Explore these forests in this photo essay and learn what WWF is doing to bring back 20% of the mangroves we’ve lost by 2030.

    Mangroves in Placencia, Belize.
  • Vaquita population drops to 30 individuals

    February 03, 2017

    According to a new report, the world’s most rare marine mammal is growing closer to extinction with a population drop of 50% in the last year alone.  

    Fins
  • Can LED lights save sea turtles?

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles are accidentally killed by fishing gear—caught on dangling hooks or entangled in nets—every year.
    Sea Turtle
  • Oceans X Labs: Kickstarting conservation tech entrepreneurship

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    Launched in 2015, Oceans X Labs is a joint initiative of WWF and Conservation X Labs that, drawing on the venture tech model, aims to support and encourage innovators as they develop new approaches to addressing some of the ocean’s biggest problems.
    oceanx spring2017
  • New US regulations offer better protection from bycatch

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2017
    Claiming more than 600,000 marine mammals each year, bycatch especially affects small cetaceans that get caught and drown in fishing nets.
    whale spring2017
  • Will there be enough fish to feed the world in 2050?

    January 13, 2017

    The world must do more to sustainably manage fishing if we’re to address increasing global demand for protein in the coming decades. If the situation doesn’t improve, millions of people may no longer be able to afford fish by 2050. 

    Disappointingly small catch of Southern hake
  • A new way to predict and prevent the end of coral reefs

    January 05, 2017

    For the first time, researchers have created models to predict when, where, and to what extent coral bleaching will occur in reefs around the world at a finer scale than ever before.

    coral bleaching
  • US permanently protects some of the Arctic's most important marine areas

    December 20, 2016

    Just one week after scientists warned of unprecedented change brought on by warming in the Arctic, President Obama announced permanent protection for 115 million acres of federal waters in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas. Including previous presidential withdrawals, today's action protects nearly 125 million acres in the offshore Arctic from future oil and gas activity.

    sea ice in the Arctic
  • Record low sea ice impacts polar bears

    December 07, 2016

    As the planet warms, we’re seeing a startling loss of Arctic sea ice. This is a major concern when it comes to wildlife conservation—particularly for polar bears. Dr. Klenzendorf shares her experience observing polar bears in Churchill.

    polar bear walking on ice
  • Communities come together to restore mangroves

    December 05, 2016

    In the Melaky region on Madagascar’s west coast, local people are taking action to remedy the loss of mangroves, which are crucial to their livelihoods. Wise use of mangroves is essential for nature and people.

    A mangrove forest in Tanzania
  • Celebrating the biggest conservation wins of 2016

    December 01, 2016

    The past year has shown us that when we work together, we can challenge the threats to nature and help ensure its ability to provide—for the sake of every living thing. Take a look at 2016 in review.

    Elephants close
  • US drilling plans spare Arctic’s federal waters

    November 18, 2016

    America’s Arctic will be free of new offshore oil and gas drilling, at least for the next five years, and that’s good news for people and wildlife. WWF and 225,000 of our activists opposed drilling in the Arctic’s Beaufort and Chuckchi seas due to the tremendous risk to indigenous communities, wildlife, and their environment.

    Polar Bear Swimming
  • Making blue swimming crab fishing sustainable in Vietnam

    October 20, 2016

    WWF has teamed up with local governments, producers and exporters, and fishers to protect and improve the blue swimming crab stock in Kien Giang, and get their fishery certified as sustainable.

    Blue swimming crab fishing on a boat
  • Update: Belize suspends oil exploration near threatened World Heritage site

    October 17, 2016

    Officials in Belize agreed to suspend the seismic portion of offshore oil exploration after an outcry from concerned citizens, national civil society groups and international conservation organizations—including WWF—and their supporters.

    bottlenose dolphin swimming in Belize