Oceans

Ship on water seen in distance through trees (U.S. Coast Guard/Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow)

U.S. Coast Guard’s Polar Star docks after Arctic research

Working with its partners, the U.S. Coast Guard is training the next generation of Arctic sailors and helping to ensure a secure, rules-based Arctic Region.
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.
Child wading through trash-filled water while carrying bag (© Solo Imaji/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)

U.S. invests in cleaning up plastic in oceans

The United States plans to invest in projects that aim to clear the plastic out of the world's oceans. Learn more about the initiative here.
Illustration of satellite moving above Earth (NASA/JPL)

NASA launches U.S.-European satellite mission to monitor global sea levels

A U.S.-European mission sent a satellite into space to collect information about rising sea levels that will help scientists and first responders.
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.