Marine Conservation Campaigns

Pew’s advocacy efforts, conducted through marine conservation campaigns, seek to protect the nation’s fisheries and ocean wildlife, including marine mammals, birds and invertebrates, both in the United States and around the world.

Our campaigns raise the visibility of problems affecting the marine environment to the public and policy makers, and advocate for major reforms in the way in which we manage fishing and protect the oceans.

We also work internationally to address impacts caused by overfishing, shark finning and whaling.

  • Antarctic Krill

    The Antarctic Krill Conservation Project is an international effort to promote conservation of krill—a small, shrimp-like organism that is the main food source for many of the continent’s iconic species,  including penguins, whales and seals.
  • Atlantic Herring

    The Atlantic Herring Campaign works to protect and restore ocean wildlife and ecosystems in the northeast United States, from Virginia to Maine, by reforming the Atlantic herring fishery. We seek to accomplish this through public education and advocacy based on scientific research.
  • Campaign to End Overfishing in New England

    From the early American colonies well into the 20th century, cod was a mainstay of the New England economy and an icon of regional culture. Today, overfishing is depleting 11 groundfish populations, including dinnertime favorites cod and flounder, and causing harm to the region’s economy and marine environment. Pew's work in the region has helped change the way this fishery is managed so fish populations can rebuild, and in turn, sustain more productive fishing and stronger coastal economies.
  • Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast

    Years of overfishing are taking a severe toll on 14 species in the Gulf of Mexico and the southern Atlantic Ocean. The Campaign to End Overfishing in the Southeast aims to halt overfishing and rebuild healthy fish populations and ecosystems.
  • Common Fisheries Policy Reform in the European Union

    Europe’s fishing grounds were once among the world’s most productive. But 40 years of mismanagement under the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy, or CFP, led to serious depletion of fish populations and degradation of the ecosystem. In 2009, The Pew Charitable Trusts and its partners launched the OCEAN2012 coalition to support fundamental reform of the CFP.
  • Ending Overfishing in Northwestern Europe

    In 2009, The Pew Charitable Trusts joined with the Coalition for Fair Fisheries Arrangements, the Fisheries Secretariat, the new economics foundation and Seas at Risk, to launch OCEAN2012, a coalition to support fundamental reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy, or CFP.
  • Federal Fisheries Policy Reform Project

    Pew is directing a national effort to build support for ocean and fish protection in the face of threats from overfishing and pollution of the seas.
  • Global Campaign to End Illegal Fishing

    Pew is working for fast ratification and implementation of the Port State Measures Agreement that is designed to deny port access to vessels that engage in illegal fishing and refuse entry of their fish into international markets.
  • Global Ocean Legacy

    Global Ocean Legacy, which is supported by Pew and other partner institutions, is dedicated to establishing three to five large, world-class “no-take” marine reserves in different parts of the world over the next decade.
  • Global Shark Conservation

    Sharks have roamed our oceans since before the time of dinosaurs, but their long reign at the top of the ocean food chain may be ending. The onset of industrial fishing over the past 60 years has drastically depleted their populations. The Global Shark Conservation Campaign works to protect these ancient creatures of the deep.
  • Global Tuna Conservation

    Pew is working to improve conservation and management of the world’s most vulnerable tuna stocks – bluefin tuna and northern albacore in the Atlantic Ocean and bigeye and yellowfin in the Pacific Ocean.
  • Gulf Surface Longline Campaign

    Pew is seeking to protect ocean wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico through a gear transition program that would allow commercial fishermen to stay on the water.
  • National Ocean Policy

    Pew’s Campaign for Healthy Oceans is working to establish a comprehensive national policy with clear implementation requirements and a consistent source of funding to protect and restore the health of America’s marine ecosystems.
  • Oceans North - Protecting Life in the Arctic

    Pew’s Arctic Ocean Program works to protect the ecosystems and the peoples supported by North America’s Arctic waters. This pristine region is threatened by global warming, loss of sea ice and pressure to expand unrestrained or poorly regulated industrial development.
  • Our Ocean

    The Our Ocean campaign seeks to preserve Oregon's unique coastal waters and shoreline through a state-wide coalition of conservationists, scientists, community leaders and those who rely on these waters for their livelihoods and recreation.
  • Pacific Fish Conservation Campaign

    The Pacific Fish Conservation Campaign works to suspend the expansion of fisheries on forage stocks until an ecosystem-based approach can be implemented that conserves the prey base for all marine life.

  • Pew in Europe

    The European Union, or EU, contributes to the widespread overexploitation of the world’s oceans. In fact, EU fish stocks are in a worse state than the global average. However, the situation in the EU is improving and can improve globally.
  • Protecting the Deep Sea

    Far below the surface of our oceans lie entire mountain ranges covered with ancient corals and unusual creatures. Although we once thought the deep sea to be barren, scientists now understand that it is teeming with life, including many species found nowhere else.
  • Southern Ocean Sanctuaries

    The Ross and Weddell seas have been spared the widespread pollution, invasive species, bottom trawling, and other large-scale commercial fishing operations that are imperiling other oceans around the world, although the Southern Ocean has had extensive commercial whaling. But conditions are changing, and the need to protect Antarctica's oceans is now urgent.

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