Oceans Campaign
Oceans Campaign

Protecting People and Planet

EJF’s Oceans Campaign mission is to protect the marine environment, its biodiversity and the livelihoods dependent on it.


Our seas and oceans cover 70% of our planet and contain nearly 90% of its living biomass. Over 3.5 billion people depend on the oceans for a primary food source, employment or income. Yet over three quarters of the world’s fish stocks that have been measured are defined as fully exploited, over exploited or depleted due to over fishing. Many of our marine and coastal ecosystems are dangerously close to collapse and over 90% of each of the world’s large ocean species - like cod, halibut, swordfish - have been lost since the 1950s. 

Illegal 'pirate' fishing is one of the greatest threats to these already-vulnerable marine environments and the people who rely on them. It also has links to human trafficking and forced labour onboard vessels.

Our work

We investigate illegal fishing, sharing evidence with local authorities and with international policymakers so that action can be taken against pirate vessels and against the countries that fail to act against them. Our investigations into human trafficking and brutality on Thai fishing vessels has led to action taken by the USA, and industry taskforces established to address slavery in their supply chains.

We create the momentum to change government policies and business practices. We leverage market forces and drive consumer activism. We give local communities - many among the poorest and most vulnerable on our planet - the tools and support to help them protect their marine environment and bring the issues that affect them locally to global attention. We expose the criminal operators on our seas and oceans who are devastating fish stocks, wiping out wildlife species, damaging fragile ecosystems and driving human rights abuses and slavery in the seafood sector.

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Environmental Justice Foundation Charitable Trust (EJF) is a registered charity in England and Wales (no. 1088128). Environmental Justice Foundation Limited is a not-for-profit trading company limited by guarantee registered in England (no. 0385 3159)

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