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Life on Earth depends heavily on its magnificent and complex ocean ecosystems. But the seas are suffering from overfishing, loss of key habitat—such as coral reefs—and the depletion of important species from sharks to small fish that are the basis for the entire food web.
Pew’s ocean work includes efforts to create large marine reserves; end illegal fishing; protect key species such as penguins, sharks, tuna and forage fish; and establish policies that protect, maintain, and restore the health of marine ecosystems.
Fact SheetMay 30, 2023 Fisheries Management Can Strengthen Compliance
Issue BriefMay 19, 2023 Governments Progress on UN Fish Stocks Agreement
Fact SheetMay 10, 2023 Fisheries Subsidies Agreement: What's the Big Deal?
Ocean, People, Planet
There is only one ocean, essential to the life of everyone on Earth—and it faces perils like never before
The ocean covers nearly three-fourths of the Earth. Vast and powerful, it is central to the life of everyone on the planet, supplying more than half of the world’s oxygen, providing food, recreation, and supporting economic vitality. Yet for all its seeming invincibility, the ocean has never been more in danger. Its very chemistry is changing as ocean waters become more acidified through climate change. Its inhabitants—from large sharks to tiny crustaceans the size of a human finger—are under assault with XX percent of fish stocks overfished. And ocean levels continue to rise, challenging the barriers separating people from water.
U.S. West Coast coastal habitat and marine conservation news, analysis, and opportunities to act.
Environment and Crosscutting Initiatives
Conserving Marine Life in the United States
Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy
Science provides a critical foundation for effective environmental conservation measures. Pew pursues a diverse portfolio of scientific projects to answer key questions and provide practical data, and its experts develop, support, and communicate...Read More
The Lenfest Ocean Program is a grantmaking program that funds scientific research on policy-relevant topics concerning the world’s oceans and communicates the results of the supported research to decision makers and other interested audiences....Read More
The Arctic harbours one of the world’s least disturbed marine ecosystems, plays a crucial role in moderating the planet’s climate, and is home to spectacular wildlife, fish, and marine mammal populations. Its biological riches provide physical and...Read More
From mangroves and salt marshes to underwater coral reefs and seagrass meadows, nearshore habitats host abundant marine life and support the economic vitality of coastal communities across the United States....Read More
Pew is working to secure comprehensive and complementary rules and consequences for international fisheries management to support healthy, resilient marine ecosystems and fisheries over the long term....Read More
To meaningfully change the way the ocean’s natural assets are respected and protected, The Pew Charitable Trusts is working closely with governments, key stakeholders and partner organizations to develop policy mechanisms to address the negative...Read More
From the heat of the equator to the North and South poles, the ocean binds the planet together, supporting communities, maritime industries, and most life on Earth. ...Read More
In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering marine waters, Pew will work with governments, industry, scientists, and other nongovernmental organizations (or civil society) to better understand this global problem and offer solutions. ...Read More
From the tropical north to the red centre and the surrounding oceans, Australia is one of the wildest and most intact places on Earth. An ancient place of stark extremes and exquisite beauty, Australia for tens of thousands of years has hosted the...Read More
Pew will build partnerships with countries to help them integrate coastal wetlands and coral reefs into their commitments and explore scaling this approach to substantially reduce the rate of coastal habitat loss. ...Read More
The U.S. Arctic hosts some of the world’s last intact large marine ecosystems, but they are threatened by climate change, loss of sea ice, and industrialization....Read More
Chile’s Patagonia region is one of the world’s last largely intact natural areas. Its glaciers, hardwood forests, rugged coastline and wild fjords remain remarkably untouched. Pew is partnering with nongovernmental organizations, universities, and...Read More