Oceans help feed the world, provide a living for millions of people, and are home to most of the life on the planet.

NRDC works to protect our seas from pollution and exploitation. We help implement laws that allow overfished species to rebound, and we fight to protect coastal communities from offshore drilling. We work to ban destructive fishing practices, conserve ocean treasures, and improve stewardship of the world’s shared oceans, which generate trillions of dollars in economic activity.

Our Priorities

Ocean Protection

Oceans are threatened by overfishing, oil and gas drilling, mining, and other industrial activities.

Ocean Threats

Oceans are damaged every day by oil and gas drilling, pollution, and other industrial activities.

Sustainable Fishing

Populations of tuna, swordfish, and other large species have fallen by 90 percent.

Ocean Noise

The amount of noise in the ocean has doubled each decade since the 1950s.

What's at Stake

What you can do

Protect Marine Life

Urge NOAA to strengthen its plan to reduce industrial ocean noise.

10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution

What you need to know about ocean acidification

Stop Trump and Pruitt’s escalated anti-environment assault

Follow these eco-friendly beach tips on your next vacation

Keeping Oceans Wild: How Marine Reserves Protect Our Living Seas

This April 2001 NRDC report shows how marine reserves play a critical role in keeping the world's oceans healthy and productive. Like national parks and wilderness areas, marine reserves are places where nothing can be taken out and only recreational and research activities are permitted; this simple step of placing part of the ocean off-limits can reap tremendous benefits. Included here: a review of the international scientific evidence in favor of reserves; a look at five dramatically successful reserves in the United States; a discussion of the legal framework that governs reserve management; and general guidelines for creating new marine protected areas.


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