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Lack of winter sea ice disrupts life in the Arctic

It’s the second-worst winter for sea ice in the Arctic. As this rapid warming trend continues, entire ecosystems are unraveling and the consequences are impacting daily life in the Arctic as well as life in coastal communities thousands of miles away.

  • Giant Sunfish Released from Fishers' Net

    January 14, 2015

    A tuna fishing vessel operating in the offshore waters of Pakistan safely released a giant sunfish that was entangled in its fishing net. After a struggle of about 20 minutes, the fishermen successfully freed this nearly six-foot-long sunfish weighing nearly 1,000 pounds.

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  • A Critical Step in the Fight Against Illegal Fishing

    December 18, 2014

    This week the Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud released recommendations to implement a comprehensive system of programs to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud.

    Fish in net hauled up from water
  • Alaska’s Bristol Bay Protected from Oil and Gas Drilling

    December 16, 2014

    Today President Obama announced the protection of Bristol Bay, Alaska, from offshore oil and gas drilling. Bristol Bay is home to the last pristine salmon ecosystem in North America and stands unmatched in its productivity. Nearly 50 percent of the world’s wild sockeye salmon come from these waters.

    Bristol Bay, Alaska
  • More than 125,000 Americans Urge Obama Administration to End Black Market Fishing

    December 02, 2014

    WWF and more than 125,000 of our US supporters today urged the Obama administration to take strong action to end the global illegal fishing epidemic.

    Fish in net hauled up from water
  • A Troubled Paradise

    October 27, 2014

    Today, the Philippines' oceans are troubled. For over a century, coastal development, destructive fishing practices, coral mining, sedimentation, overfishing and chemical pollution have chipped away at the ocean’s health. Add to that climate change consequences such as ocean warming, acidification and coral bleaching, and we have an undersea war against marine resources. Faced with this problem, many countries within the Coral Triangle have established Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), to conserve what’s left.

    Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park lagoon looking bleached, Palawan, Philippines
  • Better Choices at the Great Barrier Reef

    October 27, 2014

    For decades, the Great Barrier Reef has enjoyed World Heritage Status and been synonymous with diving, tourism and with Australia. But in June of this year, UNESCO threatened to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef to the World Heritage ‘In Danger’ list; a category populated predominantly by war-torn and developing nations. The final decision should be made in 2015.

    aerial great barrier reef
  • Illegal Fishing Puts Crab Populations at Risk

    October 16, 2014

    A new WWF study has revealed populations of crab in the Russian Far East are at risk of collapse due to overharvest from illegal fishing.

    pulling in crab pot
  • Amazon River Cruise

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2014
    The sounds and silences of floating down the Amazon
    boat in amazon
  • A Tipping Point for Change

    September 29, 2014

    Illegal fishing is a global problem with serious conservation and social impacts. We need coordinated global solutions to break the link between major import markets—like the US—and international illegal fishing.

    fishermen in chile
  • US Declares World's Largest Fully Protected Marine Reserve

    September 25, 2014

    President Obama announced creation of the world’s largest fully protected marine area on Sept. 25. Using his executive authority he has expanded the existing Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument to six times its current size, resulting in 490,000 square miles of protected marine environment.

    lemon butterfly fish
  • A Fluke of a Day

    September 08, 2014

    The WWF National Council took a whale-watching trip to the Farallon Islands, a National Wildlife Sanctuary 30 miles off the coast of our home city of San Francisco.

    whale California coast
  • EPA Proposes Protection for Bristol Bay

    July 18, 2014

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a proposal to protect the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery in Bristol Bay, Alaska, from the potentially destructive impacts of the proposed Pebble Mine.

    no pebble mine flag
  • Protecting Albatross from Fishing Lines

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2014
    longline fishing
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  • Infinite Depths

    WWF Magazine: Fall 2014
    Protecting oceans and a global seafood pipeline
    Fish in net hauled up from water
  • Charting a Path for the Future of Our Oceans

    June 17, 2014

    Today in front of ocean leaders from more than 80 nations at the State Department’s “Our Ocean” conference, President Obama announced he would direct government towards a new national strategy to address black market fishing, an initiative to combat illegally caught fish from reaching US markets and ending up on dinner tables and on store shelves across the country.

    fishing vessel on open water
  • Saving Sharks Will Help Conserve the Great Barrier Reef

    June 10, 2014

    As apex predators, sharks control the delicate balance that exists between earth and one of its most important ecosystems: the ocean. At WWF, we’re leading the fight to save the world’s sharks and preserve the seascapes they call home.

    aerial great barrier reef
  • Why Illegal Fishing Must Stop

    May 15, 2014

    Illegal fishing is a key driver of global overfishing, threatens marine ecosystems wildlife, puts food security and regional stability at risk, and is linked to major human rights violations and even organized crime.

  • Cross-Ocean Collaboration for Sea Turtles

    WWF Magazine: Summer 2014
    leatherback turtle
  • Happy Fish, Happy People

    February 20, 2014

    Thanks to a new mobile app, the process of gathering fishery data in the Solomon Islands has entered the digital age.

    solomon island fishery
  • Mapping Nature's Value

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2014
    Rock Lobster
  • How long do sea turtles live? And other sea turtle facts

    Sea turtles have roamed the Earth’s oceans for the last 100 million years. Here’s a look at some common questions about the species.

    green sea turtle
  • Conserving the Last Ocean Frontier

    November 04, 2013

    The Global Environment Facility endorsed a project to improve the management of tuna fisheries in ocean waters for which no one specific nation has ownership or governance.

    man carrying tuna
  • At Work Among the Coral Reefs

    December 12, 2012

    Surveying the coral reefs of the Raja Ampat islands, WWF's Helen Fox works to protect marine areas for generations to come.


    Helen Fox diving