Oceans Stories

  • Communities, coastlines, and conservation

    October 14, 2021

    Our oceans provide food, regulate Earth’s climate, and are rooted in cultural traditions and community livelihoods around the world. When we work on ocean conservation, we are inherently also working with people dependent on the ocean, particularly those who live along coastlines.

    Boys on a dock in Bird's Head Seascape, West Papua, Indonesia
  • Protecting my Arctic home

    September 16, 2021

    Alexandria Abuzanuq Ivanoff, who is from Unalakleet, Alaska, a small hunting and fishing community on the northwest coast, discusses how warming waters and increased shipping could impact Indigenous peoples and wildlife. 

     

    Allie Ivanoff looks straight at the camera in a large parka in the snow
  • Overfishing puts more than one-third of all sharks, rays, and chimaeras at risk of extinction

    September 08, 2021

    More than one-third of all sharks, rays, and chimaeras are now at risk of extinction because of overfishing, according to a new study re-assessing their IUCN Red List of Threatened Species extinction risk status. Governments and regional fisheries bodies must act now to stop overfishing and prevent a global extinction crisis.

    A group of black tip reef sharks circle together in a shallow lagooon
  • Spotting mangroves from space

    July 26, 2021

    Did you know that mangroves only cover 12% of the world’s coasts, but you can see them from space? 

    An aerial view of bright green mangroves bordering a winding blue river
  • Improving marine management in Indonesia

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2021
    As of June 2020, Indonesia had designated more than 7% of its marine area as MPAs, protecting some 43% of coral reefs, 25% of mangrove forests, and 37% of mapped seagrass beds.
    Magazine open to Space and Time feature
  • Restoring ocean health in a Papua New Guinea coastal community

    July 07, 2021

    Jack Sagumai grew up in a coastal community in Papua New Guinea, where much of his life revolved around the ocean; now he works with WWF and other community members to save it.

    men on small wooden boats paddle across calm blue water with a coastline of trees in the background
  • WWF’s Johan Bergenas on why he loves the ocean—and what we need to do to protect it

    June 08, 2021

    WWF's senior vice president for ocean conservation, Johan Bergenas, tells us why he loves the ocean, and why we cannot afford to lose it.

    A pod of long snouted spinner dolphins break the surface
  • 3 ways the US can act on the plastic waste crisis and protect our oceans

    An exorbitant amount of plastic waste continues to plague our oceans, threatening marine life and the people who depend on these waters for their livelihoods. Despite the dire scope of this crisis, the growing momentum to address it is promising.

    Jellyfish (Catostylus sp.) swims beneath a slick of plastic debris. Indian Ocean off Sri Lanka.
  • Sustainability and tradition

    May 04, 2021

    Being an archipelago nation made up of over 300 islands, Fiji is rich with marine life and biodiversity. With such close ties to the ocean, fishing is a major part of traditional Fijian life and many communities self-manage their resources.

    Aerial view of a fishing community along the coast nestled up against clear blue waters
  • How would offshore oil and gas drilling in the Arctic impact wildlife?

    April 14, 2021

    How a handful of the Arctic’s abundant wildlife would be impacted by offshore drilling and a potential oil spill in the Arctic.

    Pacific walrus swimming
  • Coastal community heroes

    April 08, 2021

    Coastal communities are the stewards of the ocean, and their livelihoods directly depend on its health. Six people living at the intersection of land and sea around the world tell us why they are so committed to the ocean and what it has brought to their lives.

    Small woven houses sitting on top of a system of stilts out in clear blue water with a green boat anchored nearby
  • Eye to eye: An up-close encounter with gray whales in Mexico's Baja Peninsula

    March 30, 2021

    Every late winter and early spring, gray whales navigate to the protected bays of the Baja Peninsula, to mate or give birth to their young. Getting up close to these amazing animals is an unforgettable experience.

    A close-up of a gray whale underwater but near the surface
  • Protecting India’s fisheries

    March 08, 2021

    Dr. Vineetha Aravind is the lead coordinator for shrimp and cephalopod fisheries that are working to improve their sustainability through fishery improvement projects. She's helping to introduce new fishing nets that will reduce the amount of bycatch.

    Several fishing boats float in a canal-like space with palm trees in the background
  • Women Leading the Plastic Revolution

    March 08, 2021

    WWF invited some of the women leading the charge against plastic pollution to share their thoughts on the significance of the plastic waste crisis being felt in all corners of the planet.

    Women and a man search through seaweed for microplastics on a beach on a sunny day
  • Why the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge needs more permanent protection

    March 04, 2021

    Climate change is rapidly changing the Arctic, and its implications are global. More oil to burn would only fuel the climate crisis and put the Refuge and everything living within it at risk from toxic spills and mishaps. Now is the time for bold action that permanently protects the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    landscape view of frozen icy ground with a snowy mountain range in the background
  • Whales and the plastics problem

    February 18, 2021

    Protecting whales is crucial to protecting healthy oceans for all of us. Yet even these ocean giants are being impacted by the "deadliest predator in the sea": plastic pollution.

    A sperm whale floats toward the surface of the ocean while a white plastic bag floats just below
  • Testing the Waters

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2021
    Investing in open-ocean seaweed farming could help move the needle on climate change.
    Seaweed underwater
  • Rejection of mining permit marks important milestone in protection of Bristol Bay

    December 02, 2020

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has denied a permit for developers to build the controversial Pebble Mine in Alaska, marking an important moment in the decade’s long effort to protect Bristol Bay.

    Aerial landscape with Bristol Bay in the background
  • It's time to stop funding overfishing

    November 12, 2020

    Harmful fisheries subsidies fuel harmful fishing practices. Rather than subsidizing fishing activities that hurt the ocean, communities, and the economy, governments have an opportunity to reroute funding toward efforts that bring benefits to marine health and human well-being.

    Gill net fisher on water
  • Ghost fishing gear

    October 20, 2020

    Ghost fishing gear includes any abandoned, lost, or otherwise discarded fishing gear. It is the deadliest form of marine plastic debris and often goes unseen. Learn more about how you can help stop this silent killer and protect the health of our ocean its inhabitants.

    A large seal on the beach with its neck caught in abandoned fishing gear
  • In the UK, restoring seagrasses to boost biodiversity and ocean health

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2020
    A partnership with Sky Ocean Rescue and Swansea University, the WWF project aims to restore a total of around five acres of seagrass this year.
    Snorkeler on surface of water collecting seagrass seeds
  • Putting the ocean (and the planet) first, with Julie Packard

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2020
    WWF president and CEO Carter Roberts talks with Julie Packard, founding executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, about coping during COVID-19 and creating a place where marine life shines.
    Julie Packard and Carter Roberts
  • 3 tools to promote sustainable fishing and end human rights abuses

    September 29, 2020

    Many of the practices that lead to unsustainable fishing are also rooted in some of the same underlying conditions that lead to human rights abuses. Learn more about the tools that WWF is implementing to help address these critical issues. 

    Two men drive out into the ocean in their shrimp fishing boat surrounded by sea birds flying along above them.
  • 5 species that stand to lose the most if the US allows drilling in the Arctic Refuge

    August 17, 2020

    The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is located in one of the largest remaining natural areas on the planet: Alaska. The species that call the refuge home have been protected from the risks of unsustainable development for decades, but now the US government is moving forward with plans to open the coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge to allow for oil and gas drilling.

    polar bears rest on an ice pack