SecrJohn Kerry speaking at lectern, large Our Ocean sign in background (State Dept.)

Where are the new marine protected areas?

The world just got 40 new marine protected areas covering 4 million square kilometers to protect the ocean from overfishing and pollution.
Leonardo DiCaprio standing in front of fish banner backdrop (© AP Images)

Leonardo DiCaprio unveils new, free tech to protect fish

Actor and activist Leonardo DiCaprio has launched Global Fishing Watch, which teams up with tech giants to use satellites for spotting illegal fishing.
Fish swimming over a patch of bleached coral in Hawaii (© AP Images)

Here’s how Hawaii hopes to battle coral bleaching

Global warming is causing Hawaii's coral reefs to bleach. State officials look to the advice of scientists and NGOs for the most effective solution.
Yellow urchins clinging to coral in dark water (© AP Images)

Obama creates 1st marine national monument in Atlantic

The new national monument will preserve nearly 13,000 square kilometers of marine area from fishing, drilling and mining in an effort to protect #OurOcean.
Two people fishing, silhouetted against sky (© AP Images)

How to stop ocean warming

The ocean has absorbed 93 percent of the heat from global warming since the 1970s, scientists conclude in a new report that calls for worldwide action.
Fish made of recycled products in front of State Department (State Dept./D.A. Peterson)

Ocean art at State Department illustrates threat to marine life

A colorful fish made of plastic debris recovered from the ocean is displayed outside of the State Department to bring awareness of polluted waters.
Live corals moving in current (© antos777/Shutterstock)

How climate change is harming coral reefs

Anybody near a coral reef could see climate change in action soon. Scientists predict warmer ocean waters are likely to cause more coral-bleaching events.
Our Ocean fish infographic of fork, knife and plate depicting the world (State Dept.)

Our ocean feeds the world

Fisheries face challenges that could mean the loss of food and jobs for billions. World leaders will meet at the Our Ocean conference, September 15–16.
Map of Australia partially shaded (State Dept.)

Our ocean needs to be protected

Fish and other marine life need safe havens to thrive. That's why more of the world's ocean is being set aside in marine protected areas.