Our oceans are vast, open environments teeming with an amazing variety of plant and animal species. Unfortunately, marine life faces mounting threats from humans – increased ship traffic, pollution, destructive fishing practices, hunting, and direct capture for trade and public display. Each one of these actions singularly is harmful but when compounded, they are devastating for the marine ecosystem and the many species that depend on the ocean's resources for survival.
The Animal Welfare Institute is committed to safeguarding marine species and their habitats. Our efforts focus on curbing humankind's damaging impact by urging governments and other decision makers to halt or prevent damaging actions, as well as educating the public and others about the deleterious effects their actions can wreak on the oceans' inhabitants.
Last Updated: August 3, 2010