Oceans are damaged every day by oil and gas drilling, pollution, and industrial impacts.

Human activities are changing the ocean's chemistry, destroying habitats, and killing marine life. NRDC has pioneered ways to restore and protect our oceans from destructive practices. To make sure marine life stays healthy, we fight against threats like offshore drilling in sensitive areas, plastic pollution, and ocean acidification.

What We're Doing

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We fight to shield the Arctic and Atlantic from the devastating hazards of oil drilling.

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Hundreds of marine life species eat or get entangled in plastic. We work to keep this trash from reaching the ocean at all.

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We push the federal government for more research on the effects of an increasingly corrosive ocean caused by carbon pollution.

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Despite an international ban on whaling, these marine mammals are still being killed across the globe. We fight to stop this illegal act.

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American beaches violate public health standards thousands of times a year. We push solutions that will keep them cleaner.

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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.

Stop Offshore Drilling

A Massive Surge in Plankton Has Researchers Pondering the Future of the Arctic

Single-Use Plastics 101

Can Anything Be Done to Stop Overfishing?

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The Silence of the Shrimps: How Carbon Pollution Could Put the Sea on Mute

Beach Pollution 101

How Tar Sands Is Impacting This Maine Lobsterman

High Seas: Few Rules, Fewer Sheriffs

Commercial Whaling 101

Experts & Resources