Oceans Stories

  • A new vision for our oceans

    September 09, 2022

    Over the course of the last year, with support from hundreds of internal and external collaborators, a group of amazingly dedicated people at WWF developed and is launching our new ocean strategy.

    Seaweed farming in the Philippines
  • Coastal communities find a natural haven in mangroves

    July 26, 2022

    WWF is working with local community members to protect and restore mangroves on the Yucatan Peninsula and the Pacific coast in Nayarit.

    Pedro Alfonso Lopez Gonzalez holds a string of oysters on a sunny day
  • Whales on the move

    July 05, 2022

    The growing dangers whales face worldwide along their epic migrations are signs of an ocean in peril, and reveal how these waters connect us all.

    A baby humpback whale glides along its mother's back underwater
  • Turning the tide on plastic waste management

    June 08, 2022

    We need policymakers and business leaders to take game-changing actions to help us transition from our current linear, “take-make-waste" relationship with plastic to a circular one.

    A plastic bottle on a pebble beach sits in the foreground with a sillouhette of a man in the background
  • New insights into the incredible animals of Fiji’s Great Sea Reef

    April 26, 2022

    Scientists from WWF, Fiji, and partner organizations spent 20 days scuba diving around the reef to collect data on the wildlife and ecosystem that they’ve compiled into a new report

    A healthy patch of coral reef with purple and blue corals and a school of small bright blue fish
  • Mangroves as a solution to the climate crisis

    January 04, 2022

    Mangroves, with their incredible ability to capture and store carbon, can be a solution to the climate crisis.

    A mangrove forest with aerial roots emerging from the water
  • North Atlantic right whale population continues to decline, raising alarms

    November 29, 2021

    Only 366 critically endangered North Atlantic right whales are left, experts say, representing a shocking 8% decline in a single year and the lowest number in about 20 years for this iconic species. Human impacts—specifically entanglements in fixed fishing gear and vessel strikes from ship traffic—remain the biggest threats to the survival of this species.

    North Atlantic right whale and calf swim in green waters off the coast of Florida
  • How a mobile app facilitated a technological revolution in the Peruvian artisanal fishing sector

    October 19, 2021

    WWF co-developed a mobile application called TrazApp with fishers, government, and other supply chain actors, and has been training fishers across three fishing co-ops in northern Peru to use it.

    A cluster of small Peruvian fishing boats colored blue, green, yellow, and white that are moored in a secluded harbor on a hazy day.
  • 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