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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.

  • 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.

    Fish in a basket
  • 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.
    VichwanieMaharaj 14 (2000x1333)
  • 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.

    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
  • 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
  • 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.

    sea ice in the Arctic
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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