Plastic litter in the ocean Rich Carey

Ocean emergency

Our ocean is at a tipping point. We are fighting to turn the tide and restore its health.

Our ocean covers over 70% of our planet. It provides more than half the oxygen we breathe and absorbs nearly a third of our carbon emissions.

But today, it’s in crisis. Right now, we’re polluting our waters and destroying precious habitats. We're harming the species that live there. It’s reducing the ocean's ability to help fight the climate crisis.

We’re determined to change this. Together with communities, businesses and governments, we can make a difference.

Our goal is to recover the health of our ocean.

Every year, between 8 and 13 million tonnes of plastic enters our ocean. In fact, some areas of the ocean floor now have 1.9 million plastic pieces per square metre.

A third of our seas are called ‘protected’ – but they’re not; in practice, less than 1% of our seas are well-managed.

Every day, valuable species and habitats that capture and store carbon are being destroyed.

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Manifesto for our Seas

We're calling on the next UK Government to recognise the importance of our seas in their marine conservation policy, which play a vital role in the fight against climate change. 

Litter on a beach AfriramPOE

Ocean pollution

Marine pollution has been reported as one of the five main drivers of the current biodiversity crisis, threatening 37% of marine mammals with extinction.

Great Barrier Reef Gary Yim

Climate change and the ocean

Climate breakdown presents one of the greatest challenges in human history but our ocean can help. We must act now to avoid catastrophe.

Kelp, Orkney, Scotland. Alison Moore

Marine biodiversity

Marine biodiversity is critical for a healthy planet and sustainable development. In marine terms, biodiversity encompasses anything under the waves - mammals to sea slugs, oysters to seagrass and everything in between.

Empty and broken scallop shells possibly due to the raking action of dredges Lyme Bay Scotland Colin Munro.

Habitat damage

Underwater national parks, commonly called Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), act as sanctuaries for rare or threatened animals, plants and landscapes. These habitats are a vital tool in safeguarding our ocean's future.

fishing boats

Sustainable seafood

Today, 90% of world fish stocks are fully or over-exploited from fishing. With added pressure from climate change and pollution, we’re moving into dangerous waters. Join us in making seafood more sustainable.

Couple on Budleigh Beach during Great British Beach Clean GBBC 2017 Andrew Brown

People and the sea

It’s official! Time by the coast and sea – in blue space – makes us feel happier and healthier. Research has shown that time by the sea brings real benefits for people’s health and wellbeing.

An illegal poacher's fishing over coral Rich Carey

Ocean Facts and stats

From devastating stats on plastic in our seas to fascinating facts about species, find out more about the ocean and the work we're doing.

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