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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 5 ways to help the Arctic as the planet warms

    October 12, 2016

    The Arctic—home to diverse wildlife and many cultures—is changing faster than any other part of the planet in the face of climate change. But there’s still time left to help the Arctic and the impacts of climate change. Experts agreed on five important ways we can take action.

    Polar bears walking on drifting ice
  • Working together to protect a fishery in The Bahamas

    July 17, 2016

    By all accounts, Glenn Pritchard and Mia Isaacs should be rivals. They each own a seafood processing plant and exporting company in The Bahamas, and both stake a claim to the lucrative spiny lobster business. But one unmatched necessity brings these two competitors together without a second thought: a healthy and robust lobster population in Bahamian waters.

    Diver holding lobsters in ocean.
  • A glimpse of a humpback whale swimming just beneath the surface

    June 08, 2016

    Whales roam through all of the world’s oceans, communicating with complex and hauntingly beautiful sounds.
    Their behavior is the most fascinating, least understood, most difficult to study, and least funded area of whale research today.

    whale beneath the surface
  • Population of world's most endangered marine mammal drops 40 percent

    May 13, 2016

    The vaquita porpoise is growing nearer to extinction: Population has declined 40% to around 60 individuals, down from an estimated population of 97 vaquitas in 2014.

    Fins
  • Saving Belize’s magnificent and endangered barrier reef

    The coral reefs and coastal mangroves of Belize are necessary for both the wildlife that live there and the people who rely on it for income and protection. Help us save this threatened World Heritage site.

    Belize barrier reef
  • Arctic wildlife under threat as sea ice hits historic low

    March 29, 2016

    After a record-breaking warm Arctic winter, sea ice hit a record low for the largest area it covers during the winter months. The ice covered only 5.60 million square miles on March 24— surpassing last year’s record low of 5.61 million square miles.

    polar bear on ice
  • Let’s keep offshore oil and gas drilling out of the Arctic’s most pristine spots

    March 15, 2016

    We now have the opportunity to keep offshore drilling out of the Arctic Ocean. Every five years, the US government draws up a five-year planning outlining where oil companies can drill. The Arctic’s Beaufort and Chukchi seas are on the line. We have a chance to persuade our government to remove these pristine places from their list.

    Arctic Ice
  • Blue Economy Challenge invites new solutions for our oceans

    February 29, 2016

    Do you have the best recipe for a seaweed shake? Have you been inspired by other ways we can farm fish? If so, you need to check out the Blue Economy Challenge. Together with the innovationXchange of the Australian Government, Conservation X Labs, NineSigma, SecondMuse, WWF has launched a new competition to source creative solutions and engage new solvers to rethink the future of aquaculture—also known as farmed fish.

    Seaweed farming in Arenas Reef, Phillipines
  • Taking action to safeguard Belize’s coast and ocean

    The government of Belize has announced its commitment to a new coastal management plan that will boost the health of the country’s coastal and marine areas, on which more than 40 percent of Belizeans rely.

    coastal belize
  • Protecting freshwater seals in Alaska’s Lake Iliamna

    February 25, 2016

    Alaska's Lake Iliamna is home to a population of around 400 harbor seals, which feast on fish and bask on the rocky islands at the lake’s northeastern end. They are under threat from Pebble Mine, the enormous open-pit gold and copper mine proposed for headwaters just 17 miles northwest of the seals’ haul-out sites

    lake iliamna
  • Taking care of the ocean environment

    Growing demand for seafood has left Malaysia's seas nearly empty. As communities face the reality that fishing is no longer enough to support the economy, they are hoping tourism can create new opportunities. Community members like Yusef Bural, chairman of the Banggi Youth Club, and his brother, are working to protect Malaysia's islands and coasts and are inspiring youth to do the same.

     

    Yusef Bural and his brother on a dock in the ocean
  • New US rule proposed to combat black market fishing

    February 04, 2016

    In a critical step forward to stop the trade of illegal and unreported fish in seafood imports, the US government has proposed a new rule for a seafood program that will trace from the moment fish are caught, until they reach the US border.

    trawler too close to shore
  • Partnering with Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. to help conserve the oceans

    January 25, 2016

    WWF and Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCL) recently announced a five-year partnership underpinned by specific and measurable goals to help ensure the long-term health of the oceans.

    Oceans
  • An artist's push to protect Alaska's breathtaking Bristol Bay

    January 19, 2016

    Apayo Moore and other young leaders like Alannah Hurley, Verner Wilson, and Katherine Carscallen have helped organize resistance to a mine that would negatively impact Bristol Bay: through public meetings, letter-writing campaigns and demonstrations, and testifying to all who will listen about the splendors of bay's salmon runs.

    artist Apayo Moore
  • Fishers in Mozambique feel the impact of climate change

    December 21, 2015

    Fishers in Mozambique have noticed changes in catch size and ocean currents as a result of a changing climate. WWF and partners are working to restore and protect the natural resources on which local fishing and farming communities depend.

    boys in a boat
  • How climate change relates to oceans

    December 01, 2015

    The interaction between climate and oceans is altering, and the exchange is intensifying. As the climate responds to decades of increasing carbon emissions, the store of energy and heat from the atmosphere builds up in the ocean. If we reach a tipping point, we will likely see more extreme weather events, changing ocean currents, rising sea levels and temperatures, and melting of sea ice and ice sheets.

    sunset over ocean
  • 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

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