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Why we must help Bristol Bay now

Bristol Bay, Alaska is one of the most productive marine ecosystems in the world and the source of the world's largest wild salmon fishery. Yet its future is in jeopardy from the proposal for Pebble Mine. Now the US Army Corps of Engineers is attempting to fast track the mine's permit application and we must take action now.

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • 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 bear mother and cub walk across the ice
  • Can a mermaid help to protect the world's coral reefs?

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2016
    Every year, tens of millions of dollars are invested in monitoring and protecting the world’s coral reefs.
    Coral Reefs Inquiry Mermaid Winter 2016 Magazine
  • It just got harder for illegal fish to make it onto your plate

    The US government released a final rule to increase the transparency around fishing operations and prevent tons of fish from being laundered into the US seafood market, a move more than 400,000 WWF activists took action to support.

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  • WWF’s Vishwanie Maharaj on the power of incentives to drive conservation

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, where you can’t escape the ocean—and you wouldn’t want to.
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  • Children dressed like whale sharks in fluvial parade during 2003 whale shark festival.
  • 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.
  • Effects of Marine Protected Areas

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2016
    WWF scientists collaborate on a geographically expansive, long-term study to quantify the impacts of marine protected areas on both people and nature
    Gabby and Lius Surveying Fish
  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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
  • Eyes on the water in Belize

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2016
    In Palencia Village, a loose coalition of people is finding new ways to make a living from nature while protecting their long-held way of life
    Mariko Wallen snorkeling to evaluate staghorn and elkhorn corals at Laughing Bird Caye National Park
  • 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