marine life

Men handing packages to each other between boats (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class John Hightower)

How the U.S. helps partners tackle illegal fishing

The United States is working with partner nations to combat illegal fishing, protecting a valuable food source and preserving ecosystems.
Snorkeler swimming near whale shark (© Helmut Corneli/Alamy)

Protecting the ocean from 5 big threats [photo gallery]

Learn about some of the most pressing challenges to ocean health, how the U.S. government is working to address them, and what you can do to help.
A whale swimming (NOAA Fisheries)

Scientists find mysterious whale is a species all its own

U.S. scientists have determined that a critically endangered whale is actually a new species. Learn more about the discovery of Rice's whale.
People setting up pump on vessel at sea (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 2nd Class Abraham Perez)

U.S. Coast Guard partners with South America to battle illegal fishing

As a part of the U.S. Coast Guard's Operation Southern Cross, the USCGC Stone is making its first patrol in the South Atlantic to combat illegal fishing.
Two ships in ocean (USCG/Petty Officer Jonathan R. Cilley)

The dire effects of illegal fishing

China's dark fishing fleet poses far-reaching threats to legitimate commerce, food security and marine ecosystems, experts say.
Rows of shark fins on display (© Fiscalia General del Ecuador/AP Images)

Illegal fishing degrades the environment

Illegal, irregular and unreported fishing hurts more than economies; it also destroys the environment through habitat destruction and overfishing.
Discarded plastic bottle on beach (© Wayne Parry/AP Images)

New U.S. strategy targets marine litter worldwide

The United States is working with international partners to reduce marine litter. Learn more about a new U.S. strategy for tackling this global challenge.
Dead fish (State Dept.)

China’s overfishing and pollution harm the world’s oceans [video]

By engaging in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing around the world, China destroys invaluable marine ecosystems. Learn more here.
Boat circling fishing boat (© Santiago Arcos/Reuters)

U.S. launches new strategy to combat illegal fishing

The U.S. Coast Guard is combating illegal fishing worldwide with a new strategy that calls for targeted enforcement and greater international cooperation.