Five Ways You Can Help the Oceans

The oceans may be in trouble, but don't despair. Take action instead, starting with these five easy ways to do your part to turn the tide:

  1. Join Oceana. More than 500,000 members and e-activists in over 150 countries have already joined Oceana - the largest international organization focused 100 percent on ocean conservation. Join today!
  2. Eat sustainable seafood. Use the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s helpful wallet card at restaurants and markets when shopping for seafood, and ask your seafood restaurant or fish market to buy from sustainable fisheries. Download a seafood guide.
  3. Speak up. Write to your members of Congress about the oceans issues you care most about, from sea turtles to ocean acidification. Voice your opinion!
  4. Do your part to stop climate change. Find out what your carbon footprint is and take steps in your daily life to shrink it. Calculate your footprint.
  5. Join the conversation. Follow Oceana on Facebook and Twitter, and read Oceana’s blog, The Beacon, for daily updates on the latest ocean news and science.

Quick Facts About the Oceans

As “Oceana” outlines, the world's oceans are in grave trouble. Here are a few of the reasons why.


The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization found that more than three quarters of the fish stocks it assessed are fully exploited, overexploited, depleted or recovering. By some estimates, the global fishing fleet is currently two-and-a-half times larger than what the oceans can sustainably support.

Learn more about the need for responsible fishing »


Each of the six sea turtle species found in U.S. waters is listed as either endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act which means that they may go extinct in the foreseeable future.

Learn more about the threats facing marine wildlife »


The current rate of change in the ocean's pH is 100 times faster than any time in the last few hundred thousand years. If we continue on our current emissions trajectory, by 2050 ocean pH will be lower than at any point in the last 20 million years.

Learn more about climate change and ocean acidification »


During the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, an estimated 2 million gallons of crude oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico each day for nearly three months. The final official federal estimate was nearly 171 million gallons, which is more than fifteen Exxon Valdez spills.

Learn more about oil pollution »