oceans

Woman leaning over picking up trash on beach (© Issouf Sanogo/AFP/Getty Images)

Want to help make our beaches cleaner? Here’s how.

This International Coastal Cleanup Day, find a shore near you and join millions of others across the world to help clear waste off the beach.
Uniformed men in inflatable boat boarding fishing vessel at night (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn)

Stepping up the fight against illegal fishing

Illegal fishing threatens global food supplies and harms the environment. Learn how new U.S. partnerships are addressing the problem.
Fish swimming under water (© Damsea/Shutterstock.com)

The climate crisis threatens these marine creatures [photo gallery]

About 1 out of 3 ocean species will be extinct by 2100 if immediate climate action isn't taken soon, says a new report.
Sea turtle swimming over coral reef (© Willyam Bradberry/Shutterstock)

These sea turtles face peril

Learn about the greatest threats to sea turtles, and how conservationists are working to ensure a future for these prehistoric creatures.
U.S. Coast Guard cutter and fishing vessel at sea (U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 1st Class Nate Littlejohn)

Quad partners help Indo-Pacific countries monitor waters

The U.S. is helping Indo-Pacific partners better monitor their ocean waters to combat illegal fishing and protect resources.
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 how you can help.
People sitting in front of three screens showing ocean life above stage (State Dept./Jesse Alpert)

Leaders commit to action at Our Ocean Conference

From April 13–14, leaders from government and private organizations gathered in Palau to discuss the climate crisis and saving the ocean.
Children playing in large field of plastic waste (© Ben Curtis/AP Images)

U.S. works to reduce plastic pollution

Private and public sectors in the United States are working to combat plastic pollution in landfills and in the ocean. Learn more here.
2 beluga whales (© Waterframe/Alamy)

U.S. protects endangered species [photo gallery]

Since passing the Endangered Species Act in 1973, the United States has helped save nearly extinct creatures. Meet six of them here.