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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Fishing Boats at sunrise

News No UK fisheries go ‘green’ in latest Good Fish Guide ratings

Clare Fischer 14 Mar 2019

Our latest seafood ratings update reveals not one single UK fishery has moved off the Good Fish Guide ‘Fish to Avoid’ list and none have moved on to the green rated, Best Choice, list either. Despite improvement in fisheries management over the last decade – progress seems to have stalled.

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Green Turtle

News Ascension – reserve gives lasting protection to marine wilderness

Clare Fischer 14 Mar 2019

MCS is among conservationists welcoming the creation of the largest fully protected marine reserve in the Atlantic around Ascension Island. The protection will safeguard green turtles, swordfish, sharks, tuna, marlin, frigatebirds and terns.

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Mingulay scenery

News Microplastics found in reef-dwellers off Scotland’s west coast

Clare Fischer 11 Mar 2019

Fragments of fishing equipment and microplastics have been found inside animals living on Scotland’s only inshore deep-water coral reef. It highlights the massive challenge of preventing plastic getting into the ocean, and of trying to remove what’s already there.

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Sue Forbes - FEATHER STAR, SOLOMON ISLANDS

News Conservation Heroes - Capturing the deep

8 Mar 2019

On International Women’s Day - we’re celebrating one woman who’s underwater photography was featured in our recent membership magazine on underwater heroes.

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Abu Dhabi Skyline

News World Ocean Summit – need for speed

Clare Fischer 8 Mar 2019

A three-day conference in Abu Dhabi to confront issues of pollution, overfishing and climate change in the world’s oceans has ended with experts saying the move from talk to action needs to be accelerated – but there is cause for cautious optimism.

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Barafundle bay

News The UK’s best beaches revealed from TripAdvisor reviews

Clare Fischer 4 Mar 2019

The ten best British beaches have been announced in the Travellers’ Choice Awards. From the Isle of Harris to Cornwall, Pembrokeshire to Norfolk, expanses of golden sands to cleanliness and family friendliness. Is your favourite in the Top 10?

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Fishing

Blog New fisheries minister - more than just goodwill will be needed in a sea of challenges

15 Mar 2019

MCS Fisheries Policy Officer, Debbie Crockard, reflects on the choppy waters surrounding the new Fisheries Minister, Robert Goodwill, as the House of Lords attacks unsustainable fishing levels in the EU.

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Blog MCS making waves at International Marine Conference

Catherine Gemmell 22 Feb 2019

What a week! From Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posting our inflatable Leatherback Turtle on Instagram, to HRH Prince Charles encouraging everyone to take part in the Great British Beach Clean in a key note address, it was fantastic to see the recognition of MCS and our incredible volunteers at Scotland’s first International Marine Conference.

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Fishing boats dock

Blog Wales and the UK Fisheries Bill - what's needed for sustainable fishing

20 Feb 2019

Fisheries management is never straight forward – particularly for the many mixed fisheries in Wales. But post–Brexit, we should be able to build on what we already have as part of the EU says MCS leads on fisheries and Wales, Sam Stone and Gill Bell.

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Salmon & Trout Conservation Graphic

Blog Plastic pathways – the dramatic journey from source to sea

11 Feb 2019

Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: microplastics and plastic pollution. Read a fascinating blog from Salmon and Trout Conservation.

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Farmed prawns

Blog Global Aquaculture Alliance perspectives on responsible aquaculture

18 Jan 2019

Guest blog from the Global Aquaculture Alliance tells how standards in aquaculture are improving.

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Blog Brexit commotion mustn’t spell bad news for the environment

Sandy Luk 17 Jan 2019

There’s one critical aspect of political uncertainty that we must keep on saying: Environmental protection must not just be maintained, but improved, whatever scenario results.

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Fishing Boats at sunrise

Press Release No UK fisheries go ‘green’ in latest Good Fish Guide ratings

15 Mar 2019

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it is disappointed that not one single UK fishery has moved off its Good Fish Guide ‘Fish to Avoid’ list in its most recent ratings update.

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David Melding Wales DRS

Press Release Assembly Members try out deposit return machine

30 Jan 2019

Wales’ leading marine charity has taken a deposit return machine into the Senedd to give Assembly Members the opportunity to see how a deposit return scheme (DRS) could work.

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Fish & Chip Awards 2019

Press Release Cornish fish and chip shop batters the competition for the best sustainable fish supper

25 Jan 2019

Penzance-based Frasers Fish and Chips, won the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)-sponsored Good Catch Award.

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Press Release MCS response to Resources and Waste Strategy

18 Dec 2018

Dr Chris Tuckett, Director of Programmes at the Marine Conservation Society, comments on the Resources and Waste Strategy announced today by DEFRA.

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Team Status Row

Press Release Three women, a boat, the Atlantic and whole load of plastic

11 Dec 2018

Team Status Row take on the world’s toughest row to increase awareness of plastic pollution, raising funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

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Lords

Press Release Prestigious UK sporting venues and clubs come together to tackle single-use plastic pollution

4 Dec 2018

A meeting organised by the British Association for Sustainable Sport, the Marine Conservation Society and the #OneLess campaign gathered senior figures from leading sports venues, clubs and events to address the issue of single-use plastics and explore ways to reduce them from their venues and events.

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Fishing

Blog New fisheries minister - more than just goodwill will be needed in a sea of challenges

15 Mar 2019

MCS Fisheries Policy Officer, Debbie Crockard, reflects on the choppy waters surrounding the new Fisheries Minister, Robert Goodwill, as the House of Lords attacks unsustainable fishing levels in the EU.

Read More


Fishing Boats at sunrise

News No UK fisheries go ‘green’ in latest Good Fish Guide ratings

Clare Fischer 14 Mar 2019

Our latest seafood ratings update reveals not one single UK fishery has moved off the Good Fish Guide ‘Fish to Avoid’ list and none have moved on to the green rated, Best Choice, list either. Despite improvement in fisheries management over the last decade – progress seems to have stalled.

Read More


Green Turtle

News Ascension – reserve gives lasting protection to marine wilderness

Clare Fischer 14 Mar 2019

MCS is among conservationists welcoming the creation of the largest fully protected marine reserve in the Atlantic around Ascension Island. The protection will safeguard green turtles, swordfish, sharks, tuna, marlin, frigatebirds and terns.

Read More


Mingulay scenery

News Microplastics found in reef-dwellers off Scotland’s west coast

Clare Fischer 11 Mar 2019

Fragments of fishing equipment and microplastics have been found inside animals living on Scotland’s only inshore deep-water coral reef. It highlights the massive challenge of preventing plastic getting into the ocean, and of trying to remove what’s already there.

Read More


Sue Forbes - FEATHER STAR, SOLOMON ISLANDS

News Conservation Heroes - Capturing the deep

8 Mar 2019

On International Women’s Day - we’re celebrating one woman who’s underwater photography was featured in our recent membership magazine on underwater heroes.

Read More


 
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