To keep marine life healthy, we need stronger laws and regulations.
NRDC works to preserve the Yosemites and Serengetis of the ocean—and the diverse ecosystems within them. We promote key conservation methods, including the first U.S. law to create a network of marine protected areas. And we work at every level—from regional fishing councils to Congress to the United Nations—to ensure these waters are protected for generations to come.
What We're Doing
We help protect underwater canyons and seamounts, which are home to a plethora of important marine life.
The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet—and it's facing threats from oil companies. We fight to preserve this pristine sea and its wildlife.
Since 2006, we've been working to establish a U.N. treaty for the high seas—one of the most far-reaching opportunities to conserve marine life for generations to come.
From tufted puffin to Atlantic sturgeon, we fight for strugging marine species using the Endangered Species Act.
Bringing together states, federal agencies, and tribes, we work to develop regional plans that conserve important marine habitats.
We're helping restore and strengthen California's waters and marine life after decades of exploitation by industry.
What You Can Do
10 Ways to Reduce Plastic Pollution
By simply using less plastic, you can help keep marine life from eating and getting entangled in garbage.