Beautiful and In Danger: What You Need to Know About Our Oceans

The oceans are in danger, but you can help turn the tide.

April 5, 2011

"Time is short. But with your help, we can do it. We can save our oceans. The oceans have been good to us. It’s time for us to do something for them. If we act now, we can see abundant and healthy improvement in as little as a decade.

The oceans make up 70 percent of our planet’s surface. They are a permanent gift to the future of all people—a legacy to our children, and to our children’s children." — Ted Danson, Oceana

Did you know that 90 percent of the "big fish" that existed in the 1950s are gone? That ten species of fish account for more than a quarter of all commercial fishery production, and nine of those species are on the verge of collapse? That in nearly a third of of the world's fisheries, catches have dropped to less than 10 percent of their peak levels?

These are just a few of the signs that the world's ocean ecosystems have reached a critical state, a tipping point when we can either change direction, or inflict permanent damage. Here's how you can learn more about the plight of our oceans:


See exclusive excerpts and beautiful images from Oceana, the new book by Ted Danson.

Get involved with Oceana, the largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation.

Read our Q&A with author/activist Ted Danson.

• Use our simple, safe seafood guide to help you find the healthiest fish and seafood that's also ocean-friendly.

Read our interview with ocean activists and explorers Alexandra and Phillipe Cousteau.

• Don't feel overwhelmed; we have a list of smart and easy ways you can assist in ocean conservation efforts and save our endangered oceans.

Buy the book:

Learn more about protecting the oceans: