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Pomada shrimp fishing near Isla Escalante, Ecuador.

5 ways harmful fisheries subsidies impact coastal communities

Our planet’s health—and our own well-being—is dependent on a vibrant ocean rich with nature, like fish! While sustainable fishing can be an effective way to keep our oceans healthy, one big barrier is standing in the way: taxpayer-funded support for unsustainable fishing operations.

  • WWF helps create a groundbreaking plan to save Sumatran rhinos

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Fewer than 80 Sumatran rhinos remain in the wild in Borneo and Sumatra. Sumatran Rhino Rescue aims to find the remaining wild Sumatran rhinos and bring them to sanctuaries where they can breed.
    Sumatran rhino covered in mud
  • Wild mountain gorilla numbers grow to more than 1,000

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    During 2015 and 2016, survey teams combed the Virunga Massif’s dense, mountainous forests in two sweeps in search of gorillas. What they found was good: 604 gorillas—up from just 480 in 2010.
    Mother and baby mountain gorilla
  • A photographer captures African wild dogs going after unlikely prey

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    In September 2017, this photographer spent three weeks in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, filming and photographing lions, leopards, and African wild dogs for a wildlife documentary.
    African Wild dog chases giraffe
  • Calling all heroes: join the team that's helping WWF protect nature

    WWF Magazine: Spring 2019
    Add your voice to the chorus of passionate individuals uniting to respond to the world’s greatest environmental threats.
    WWF signal above city
  • 2018: A Year in Stunning Conservation Photography

    Photography is a powerful tool for showing the beauty and value of wildlife and wild places—and challenges us to protect them. Take a look at just a few of WWF's favorite photographs from 2018.

    Portrait of Nolkidotu Nkuito
  • WWF and WCS share a new tool for studying—and saving—coral reefs

    January 08, 2019

    Coral reefs are as vulnerable as they are beautiful; climate change is warming ocean waters and devastating reefs globally. Monitoring the health and resilience of coral reefs is a lengthy and slow process. That’s why WWF is turning to an innovative tool that speeds up the collection of valuable coral reef data and allows scientists to share new information sooner.

    Staghorn Coral Antonio Busiello WW1105624
  • Biggest Conservation Wins of 2018

    As we close out 2018, it’s important to take stock of the progress we’ve made together in protecting wildlife and wild places. Here are our biggest conservation successes of the year.

    Tiger captured with camera trap
  • Bat resembling Lance Bass among new species discovered in the Greater Mekong

    A new report describes 157 new species found in the Greater Mekong—a region spanning Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The newly discovered species may look more familiar than you would expect. 

    Lance Bass Bat Pipat Soisook
  • Imperiled polar bears face new threat in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

    In some areas of the Arctic, female polar bears are more frequently choosing to build their maternity dens on land, rather than sea ice. The land provides the stability and security that sea ice no longer can—at least until human activity comes into the picture.

    Polar bear and cub
  • Our planet is warming. Here’s what’s at stake if we don’t act now.

    The world is already 1° C hotter than it was between 1850 and 1900. There’s no question that limiting warming to 1.5° F will be difficult, but we have the technology needed to succeed.

    Earth illustration
  • Dishing the dirt on the secret life of soil

    December 05, 2018

    Soil is a living, breathing ecosystem that’s home to a quarter of all species on Earth. It's richness of life is what supports forests and prairies; biodiversity in the soil also enhances agriculture. Yet agriculture, which needs soil, is the leading cause of its erosion. Indeed, healthy soil is disappearing from the surface of the earth at a rate of about 24 billion tons a year. Here are some examples of the types of living creatures in soil that make it such a vibrant, vital habitat.

    soil in hand Simon Rawles WW211984
  • Critically endangered Sumatran Rhino moved to new home

    December 04, 2018

    Last month, the Indonesian Government announced that a first Sumatran rhino, a female named Pahu, was successfully rescued from a small isolated forest patch in Kalimantan, with the support of WWF, local partners and Sumatran Rhino Rescue.

    Pahu Sumatran Rhino
  • Why global leaders must address climate change now

    December 04, 2018

    The United Nations climate talks are the most important round of negotiations since the Paris Agreement was reached three years ago. There is still time for us to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and create a safer future, but that window is closing fast.

    Climate change leads to the loss of sea ice in the Arctic, which leads to an increase in sea level rise.
  • Handcrafted beauty from around the globe

    December 03, 2018

    Local communities and indigenous people are crucial stewards of the natural places WWF works to conserve. The handicrafts are a small thank you for your support of World Wildlife Fund and all its programs.

    Felt ornaments
  • Mega dam project could drive Argentina’s hooded grebes to extinction

    November 26, 2018

    A pair of mega dams in construction on the Santa Cruz River is expected to significantly alter the flow of the Santa Cruz river and harm a variety of local species, including hooded grebes. But due to an incomplete environmental impact assessment of the project, nobody knows just how much damage it could cause. Hooded grebes live only in Santa Cruz Province, where they were discovered in 1974. In the 1980s, their population numbered around 5,000. But since then, their population has declined by more than 80%.

    hooded grebe wikicommons Juan María Raggio
  • New partners join national governments to fight climate change

    November 20, 2018

    There’s still a significant gap between current country emissions reductions pledges and what’s needed to limit global temperature rise. In response, leaders from businesses, local governments, higher education, and communities are coming together to establish domestic coalitions in support of climate action. 

    flags outside at COP22
  • Sustainable shrimp?

    November 14, 2018

    Titi shrimp, or pomada, are wild shrimp, native to Ecuador, and they are harvested around the Gulf of Guayaquil by both trawlers and artisanal fishermen using a unique kind of trap that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. WWF-Ecuador has been working with both the industrial and artisanal fishermen to ensure that the fishery is sustainable.

    shrimp Antonio Busiello WW290773
  • Plans for mega dams put Argentina’s Santa Cruz River—its wildlife, local livelihoods, and Perito Moreno Glacier—at risk

    November 01, 2018

    A pair of mega dams in construction on the Santa Cruz river’s banks could flood more than 135 square miles of the surrounding region--an area almost twice as big as Buenos Aires--and transform Argentina’s last free-flowing glacial river into a series of brackish pools.

    Perito Moreno Glacier Nathalie Racheter WW21919
  • An 83% decline of freshwater animals underscores the need to keep rivers connected and flowing

    October 30, 2018

    This year’s Living Planet Report shows that populations of animals—including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians—plummeted by 60% between 1970 and 2014. But those living in freshwater are experiencing a far more drastic decline: 83% since 1970.

    water vole Terry Whittaker WW24406
  • In a blow to wildlife, China lifts a ban on the use of tiger and rhino parts

    October 29, 2018

    In an enormous setback for wildlife conservation, China announced it will allow hospitals to use tiger bone and rhino horn from captive-bred animals for traditional medicine. The decision reverses a decades-old ban that has been instrumental in preventing the extinction of endangered tigers and rhinos.

    Bengal Tiger in the Ranthambore National Park, India
  • All about elephants

    WWF Magazine: Winter 2018
    WWF and an array of actors are working to protect elephant habitats, scale up antipoaching efforts, and shut down illegal ivory markets to make sure elephants can continue their lives in the wild.
    Black and white photo of elephant feet
  • Tackling plastic pollution in the Galápagos

    October 24, 2018

    Around the world, humans produce an estimated 1.3 billion tons of plastic waste per year, a number that is set to increase to 2.2 billion by 2025. In countries such as Ecuador that have limited garbage collection services, some of this plastic waste inevitably ends up back in the oceans or on beaches, where it has the potential to harm and human health.

    blue footed booby galapagos Tui De Roy WW24425
  • We’re one step closer to keeping trash and plastic out of our oceans

    October 18, 2018

    Nearly 124,000 WWF activists from 49 states reached out to their member of Congress to support a bipartisan bill to take a stand on ocean plastic, and their impressive efforts paid off.

    humback whale jump
  • In Peru, pink river dolphins are tagged with transmitters for the first time

    In order to learn more about the population status of this species, a scientific expedition set out to install satellite transmitters on pink river dolphins in Peru.

    dolphin tagging Peru Jeffrey Davila