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OVERVIEW
KEY FACTS
  • Globally, land-based sources account for approximately 80% of marine pollution.
  • There are now close to 500 dead zones covering more than 245,000 km² globally.
  • The United Nations Environment Programme estimated in 2006 that every square mile of ocean contains 46,000 pieces of floating plastic.
  • Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals.

Mission

Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Our teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life. Oceana has campaigners based in North America, Europe and South America. More than 300,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana. Join now to help protect our oceans!

Background

Founded in 2001, Oceana is the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Their offices in North America, South America and Europe work together on a limited number of strategic, directed campaigns to achieve measurable outcomes that will help return our oceans to former levels of abundance. They believe in the importance of science in identifying problems and solutions. Their scientists work closely with our teams of economists, lawyers and advocates to achieve tangible results for the oceans.

Oceana looks to a future in which dolphin sightings are common along any temperate coast; in which mighty marlins, sharks and tuna are abundant once again; in which whales and sea turtles thrive, cod are plentiful on both sides of the Atlantic, local fishing cultures thrive rather than decline, and fish are a safe, growing and plentiful source of food around the world.

Oceans cover 71 percent of the globe and they are as important to us as they are vast. Not only do they control our climate, but they also house an essential source of protein for nearly half the world’s population. They drive our economies. For millions of sailors, swimmers and vacationers of all stripes, they offer a refuge from the metal and concrete that encase our working lives. In the last few decades, we have seen the benefits of restored rivers and lakes – for ecological and economic health – in many parts of the world. We can reap the same benefits from healthy oceans. We can restore ocean ecosystems that will sustain us, entertain us, amaze us and generate jobs around the world for centuries to come.

The oceans have been healthy and full of life for millions of years… until now. Scientists predict that life in our oceans is quickly approaching an irreversible collapse, unless we do something now. Help Oceana to make a difference!

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