The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading marine charity. We work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife. Our vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive.


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News No butts when it comes to filters say MCS and ASH Scotland

Clare Fischer 11 Jul 2019

MCS and ASH Scotland have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, telling her that cigarette filters must not be left out of Scotland’s plastics debate any longer.

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Mint velvet earrings

News MCS and clothing brand, Mint Velvet, join forces in ocean partnership

4 Jul 2019

British womenswear retailer, Mint Velvet, has chosen MCS as one of its charities to support. The collaboration will focus on reducing single-use plastic in the retailers online supply chain. Mint Velvet have launched an exclusive jewellery piece to mark the partnership with 100% of the profits from the sale being donated to the charity.

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Juvenile cod

News Cod crisis – North Sea cod numbers fall to critically low levels

Clare Fischer 28 Jun 2019

MCS has joined ClientEarth and WWF in calling on UK governments to introduce emergency measures to secure the future of North Sea cod. The call comes after marine scientists say species numbers are at dangerously low levels, putting the future of the fishery in doubt.

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Quahogs

News MCS backs challenge to illegal management of Dogger Bank

Clare Fischer 24 Jun 2019

MCS is one of a number of NGO’s calling on the European Commission to challenge the Netherlands, the UK and Germany over a proposed management plan for the Dogger Bank. The NGOs are challenging the “incomprehensible” proposal to allow illegal fishing activities in the North Sea nature reserve.

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Grey Seal pup

News Gove urged to rethink 'unlawful' move on wildlife protections

Clare Fischer 24 Jun 2019

Now that Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, has been eliminated from the Conservative leadership contest, MCS is asking him to focus urgently on reversing what we believe is an unlawful move by the government.

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Nike shoe on beach

News Cargo spill results in world-wide trainer wash-up

Clare Fischer 21 Jun 2019

Beachcombers from Cornwall to Orkney have been picking up hundreds of pairs of unworn trainers and flip flops after a container ship lost some of its cargo in stormy seas.

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Coastal Scotland

Blog Mixed report card for Scotland on UN ocean goals

Calum Duncan 1 Jul 2019

Calum Duncan assesses Scotland’s progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the marine environment.

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Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

Blog Performing with Plastic

8 Jun 2019

Royal Ballet dancer Fernando Montaño explains how his passion for the sea has inspired him to raise awareness for plastic pollution, in preparation for an impactful performance on 18th July, at the Royal Academy of Music.

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Beachy Head MCZ

Blog Marine protection must go further

Peter Richardson 5 Jun 2019

Forty-one new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are to be established in seas around the English and Northern Irish coast. Good news for marine wildlife – but more work and political will is needed.

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Deep Release - Amdeep

Blog Turtles of the Caribbean

28 May 2019

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is a UK Overseas Territory (UKOT) lying in the northern Caribbean, where hunting sea turtles has been a tradition for centuries. Concerned about the declining turtle nesting populations, the TCI Government invited MCS to start the TCI Turtle Project in 2008.

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Susie Rodgers Profile

Blog Mental Health and the Sea

18 May 2019

To mark Mental Health Awareness week, MCS Ocean Ambassador and Paralympic Gold Medalist Susie Rodgers MBE, talks to us about what the sea means to her and how her connection to the ocean has helped her through some of the toughest times in her life.

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Caribbean Reef Sharks

Blog Blue Planet Live – sharks, snot and sea turtles

Clare Fischer 25 Mar 2019

The BBC’s Blue Planet Live (BBC1 Sunday 24th March 8pm) is an ambitious week of programming looking at all aspects of our oceans and the work being done by scientists worldwide, to secure the future of some of our most iconic marine creatures. We look back at some of the breath-taking highlights of the first programme.

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Northcott Beach, Cornwall

Press Release MCS Welcomes Marine Protection Review

10 Jun 2019

MCS welcomes the Environment Secretary’s decision to launch an independent review to consider whether Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) would add further protections to the seas around England and Northern Ireland.

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Beachy Head MCZ

Press Release 41 New Marine Conservation Zones welcomed by MCS

31 May 2019

The Marine Conservation Society welcomes today’s announcement by the government of the creation of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), but warns that proper investment in their management and monitoring must be made if they are to benefit both people and wildlife.

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Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

Press Release Fernando Montano and Friends - Dance for the Sea

30 May 2019

Royal Ballet soloist Fernando Montano is taking a step in a new direction, raising awareness of ocean pollution by staging an event at the Royal Academy of Music in London in July.

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Bottles recycled

Press Release Marine Conservation Society warns Welsh Local Authorities not to fail future generations by resisting Deposit Return Scheme

8 May 2019

The Marine Conservation Society has warned Welsh Local Authorities and elements within government that they will be failing young people if they refuse to back a money-back recycling system which encourages consumers to return their empty glass and plastic bottles and cans.

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DRS

Press Release Michael Gove urged to follow Scotland’s lead for an all-inclusive money back recycling system

8 May 2019

The CEO of the UK’s leading marine conservation charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), has urged Michael Gove to follow the example set by Scotland today in designing an ambitious all-inclusive money-back recycling system for bottles and cans.

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Cromer Shoals school survey

Press Release Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds inspires classroom learning

2 May 2019

Norfolk’s Marine Conservation Zone has been brought to life with salty tales and beach trips for a nearby primary school. As part of the MCS led Agents of Change project, fishermen visited the school, whilst the pupils carried out beach cleaning and lug worm digging - all within a stones throw of Europe’s most extensive chalk reef.

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News No butts when it comes to filters say MCS and ASH Scotland

Clare Fischer 11 Jul 2019

MCS and ASH Scotland have written to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, telling her that cigarette filters must not be left out of Scotland’s plastics debate any longer.

Read More


Mint velvet earrings

News MCS and clothing brand, Mint Velvet, join forces in ocean partnership

4 Jul 2019

British womenswear retailer, Mint Velvet, has chosen MCS as one of its charities to support. The collaboration will focus on reducing single-use plastic in the retailers online supply chain. Mint Velvet have launched an exclusive jewellery piece to mark the partnership with 100% of the profits from the sale being donated to the charity.

Read More


Coastal Scotland

Blog Mixed report card for Scotland on UN ocean goals

Calum Duncan 1 Jul 2019

Calum Duncan assesses Scotland’s progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals for the marine environment.

Read More


Juvenile cod

News Cod crisis – North Sea cod numbers fall to critically low levels

Clare Fischer 28 Jun 2019

MCS has joined ClientEarth and WWF in calling on UK governments to introduce emergency measures to secure the future of North Sea cod. The call comes after marine scientists say species numbers are at dangerously low levels, putting the future of the fishery in doubt.

Read More


Quahogs

News MCS backs challenge to illegal management of Dogger Bank

Clare Fischer 24 Jun 2019

MCS is one of a number of NGO’s calling on the European Commission to challenge the Netherlands, the UK and Germany over a proposed management plan for the Dogger Bank. The NGOs are challenging the “incomprehensible” proposal to allow illegal fishing activities in the North Sea nature reserve.

Read More


 
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