Marine Life

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.)video

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.
U.S. Coast Guard helicopter flying over fishing vessel (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer Jonathan R. Cilley)

Illegal fishing threatens food supplies, livelihoods

Illegal fishing costs countries around the world billions each year. Learn more about how the U.S. is helping combat this practice.