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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Over 1,000 marine wildlife sightings were reported to MCS last year

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The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is thought to be 6 times the size of the UK


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He's behind you

News Stunning images and strange stories – from frilled sharks to clapping seals and more

Clare Fischer 26 Mar 2020

The latest MCS members magazine ‘Marine Conservation’ is out and features some very bizarre stories from the ocean as well as a celebration of the work we have been doing in Scotland over the last two decades. If you’re not a member, read on to get a flavour of the contents, and find out how you can get four fantastic editions a year.

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Footprint

News Maintaining social distance at the beach

Erin O'Neill 20 Mar 2020

Thinking about the environment could help lift our moods and contribute to improving our mental health which may be under a strain just now. The health benefits of the sea and other ‘blue spaces’ are well documented - being by the coast can help with anxiety and stress, as well as making you feel more connected to nature.

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Plastic straws found on beachclean

News Plastic straws, cotton buds and balloon sticks could be outlawed in Wales by 2021

Clare Fischer 18 Mar 2020

Plans to scrap a number single-use plastic items have been announced by the Welsh government. A consultation on the proposals will take place in the coming months, and legislation will then need to be passed before the measures can be put in place.

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Cuttlefish

News New Good Fish Guide ratings spell trouble for trawled cuttlefish

Erin O'Neill 12 Mar 2020

The latest update to our Good Fish Guide ratings are out today and we’re sad to see trawl-caught cuttlefish from the English Channel move onto our list of red rated ‘Fish to Avoid’.

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Seagull-Plastic-CBag_Main

News MCS informs research project to tackle marine litter in Wales

Erin O'Neill 4 Mar 2020

The first stage of the Clean Seas Wales Partnership’s action plan to tackle marine litter has been completed. MCS, Keep Wales Tidy and environmental consultants, Eunomia, have worked to drive forward research, which will form the evidence base for the next stages of this vital work.

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News MCS calls for ban of 'forever chemicals’ lurking in bathroom cabinets

6 Feb 2020

MCS has identified bathroom staples which contain invisible ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS, which remain in the marine environment for many years and can have a detrimental impacts on the ocean and the animals within it.

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Fishing boat

Blog The new UK Fisheries Bill: learning from past mistakes or set to repeat them?

29 Jan 2020

Our Fisheries Policy Expert, Debbie Crockard, looks at the new Fisheries Bill and its potential to help end overfishing in UK waters.

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Blog Join us for a #PlasticFreeChristmas this year

Erin O'Neill 18 Nov 2019

At MCS, we’re committed to #STOPthePlasticTide and we’re working tirelessly towards a future of safe and healthy seas where less and less plastic is getting into our oceans and washing up on our beaches. We’re always on the lookout for other organisations, companies and individuals that are committed to the same goal as us, and so we’re pleased to announce a new partnership with PomPom.

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Blog Charity advent calendar supports MCS for the second-year running

Erin O'Neill 7 Nov 2019

We’re happy to announce that Advent of Change, a non-profit organisation that creates charitable products and campaigns, is supporting MCS with their unique children’s advent calendar for Christmas 2019, alongside 23 other charities.

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Howard Davies

Blog What does Salcombe, gin and ocean sustainability have in common?

4 Nov 2019

I grew up in North Hampshire only an hour’s drive from the sea and spent annual family holidays on South Devon’s picturesque coast in Salcombe, captivated by its golden sandy beaches and turquoise water.

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Boris speech - Conservative Party Conference 2019

Blog Party conference tour - navigating the current political maelstrom

Emma Crane 11 Oct 2019

Against all of the Brexit turmoil, MCS’s intrepid Public Affairs Manager, Emma Crane, headed to Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester to make sure that politicians and policy advisers heard about the issues that MCS care about and to push for the policy changes that are urgently needed to protect our marine environment.

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Blog Satellites and basking sharks

27 Aug 2019

Calum Duncan, MCS Head of Conservation Scotland, recalls an encounter with a basking shark and reflects on the ground-breaking tagging studies which underline the case for the Sea of the Hebrides MPA.

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Coast Mag Beachclean

Press Release Sign up to tackle the UK’s beach litter in the biggest beach clean ever

23 Jul 2019

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is looking for thousands of volunteers to clean up the nation’s beaches during this year’s Great British Beach Clean event (20th -23rd September).

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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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He's behind you

News Stunning images and strange stories – from frilled sharks to clapping seals and more

Clare Fischer 26 Mar 2020

The latest MCS members magazine ‘Marine Conservation’ is out and features some very bizarre stories from the ocean as well as a celebration of the work we have been doing in Scotland over the last two decades. If you’re not a member, read on to get a flavour of the contents, and find out how you can get four fantastic editions a year.

Read More


Footprint

News Maintaining social distance at the beach

Erin O'Neill 20 Mar 2020

Thinking about the environment could help lift our moods and contribute to improving our mental health which may be under a strain just now. The health benefits of the sea and other ‘blue spaces’ are well documented - being by the coast can help with anxiety and stress, as well as making you feel more connected to nature.

Read More


Plastic straws found on beachclean

News Plastic straws, cotton buds and balloon sticks could be outlawed in Wales by 2021

Clare Fischer 18 Mar 2020

Plans to scrap a number single-use plastic items have been announced by the Welsh government. A consultation on the proposals will take place in the coming months, and legislation will then need to be passed before the measures can be put in place.

Read More


Cuttlefish

News New Good Fish Guide ratings spell trouble for trawled cuttlefish

Erin O'Neill 12 Mar 2020

The latest update to our Good Fish Guide ratings are out today and we’re sad to see trawl-caught cuttlefish from the English Channel move onto our list of red rated ‘Fish to Avoid’.

Read More


Seagull-Plastic-CBag_Main

News MCS informs research project to tackle marine litter in Wales

Erin O'Neill 4 Mar 2020

The first stage of the Clean Seas Wales Partnership’s action plan to tackle marine litter has been completed. MCS, Keep Wales Tidy and environmental consultants, Eunomia, have worked to drive forward research, which will form the evidence base for the next stages of this vital work.

Read More


 
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