oceans

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.
Anak-anak bermain di ladang sampah plastik yang luas (© 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.
Large blue ocean wave cresting (© Westend61 GmbH/Alamy)

The United States protects our ocean [photo gallery]

Learn about the upcoming Our Ocean Conference, April 13–14 in Palau, hosted jointly by Palau and the United States.
Sea turtle and fish seen underwater above coral (© Reinhard Dirscherl/ullstein bild/Getty Images)

Countries step up efforts to protect marine wildlife

Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Panama are creating one of the world's largest marine protected areas. Learn more about this partnership.
A row of people in kayaks in a body of water (© Patagonia)

U.S. companies take on climate crisis challenges

Australis Aquaculture and Patagonia are among this year's State Department Award for Corporate Excellence recipients. Learn more.
Woman walking dog in forest shrouded by fog (© Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Images)

U.S. innovators use AI to protect land and ocean habitats

Learn about U.S.-developed artificial intelligence tools that are helping to save coral reefs and forests.
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.