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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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Wet Wipe on Pebbles

News ‘Fine to Flush’ logo launched to fight fatbergs

Clare Fischer 11 Jan 2019

Consumers will soon be able to buy wet wipes bearing an official water industry symbol and be confident their purchase has passed strict scientific tests. The ‘Fine to flush’ logo will eliminate customer confusion that results in millions being spent on sewer blockages every year.

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Crab Christmas

News 5 tips for sustainable seafood this Christmas

Rajina Gurung 20 Dec 2018

The Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only thing that’s green in your household this Christmas. As well as ditching the plastic straw with your Christmas cocktail, or using recycled paper to wrap presents, choosing sustainably sourced green rated seafood can make for a truly ocean conscious Christmas.

Here are some tips for making the most sustainable choices for festive fish favourites this Christmas:

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News Mixed bag for final EU Council meeting on fishing limits for the UK

19 Dec 2018

The last fisheries December council negotiations in the EU before the UK leaves have just come to a close. The discussions lead to catch limits being set for the coming year and are meant to lead to sustainable management of fisheries, but just like previous years, a real mixed bag of agreements have been reached on the quantities of fish that can be caught by EU national fishing fleets next year.

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Plastic bottles

News EU agrees unprecedented cuts to single-use plastics

Richard Harrington 19 Dec 2018

After months of intense negotiations, the EU has agreed much-anticipated laws to slash single-use plastics in the EU.

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News Government Waste and Resources Strategy 'will make recycling easier’

18 Dec 2018

The Government has released its new Waste and Resources Strategy. Michael Gove says it will make recycling easier, but although a deposit return scheme will be consulted on, among other fresh recycling plans, there are too few measures to address the continued production of single use plastic items.

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FOG Christmas

News Keep the FOG monster at bay this Christmas

Clare Fischer 17 Dec 2018

Fatbergs in UK sewers cost water companies (and their customers) millions of pounds to remove. But we can all help fight the bergs by not putting fats, oils and greases down the drain and keep the festive FOG monster at bay.

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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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Team Status Row

Blog Celebrating the New Year in the middle of The Atlantic

7 Jan 2019

Team Status Row are three intrepid women with no rowing experience who are currently on track to become just the second all-female trio to row across the Atlantic. They’re taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest row, raising funds for MCS and awareness of plastic pollution. Read their latest updates from the middle of nowhere.

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Blog Plastic action promised* *subject to consultation

Laura Foster 18 Dec 2018

Dr Laura Foster, MCS Head of Clean Seas, gives her thoughts on the Waste and Resources Strategy for England, which was announced today.

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Blog Household rubbish recycling virtually stagnant

Sue Kinsey 12 Dec 2018

New figures show levels of household rubbish being recycled in England have virtually stalled, making the UK unlikely to meet targets on recycling by 2020. It’s time to rethink how we view rubbish by giving it a value says MCS pollution expert.

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Team Status Row

Blog Status Row - trio leave Canaries bound for Antigua

11 Dec 2018

Three women are set to become only the second all-female trio crew to row across the Atlantic. They’re taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest row. The trio will be raising funds for MCS and awareness of plastic pollution. The crew have just left La Gomera to cheers from supporters.

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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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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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Swansea beachclean

Press Release Record numbers clean up in 25th Great British Beach Clean around Welsh coasts

29 Nov 2018

Over 1,300 volunteers in Wales have taken part in this year’s Great British Beach Clean, organised by the Marine Conservation Society. The charity has published the event’s report online and not only does it show record breaking volunteer and beach event numbers it also re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on UK beaches.

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Press Release Record numbers clean up in Scotland’s 25th Great British Beach Clean

29 Nov 2018

The charity has published the event’s report online which re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on Scottish beaches. Volunteers removed 2,503kg of litter across the Scottish coastline.

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Shoreham GBBC 2018

Press Release Record numbers clean up in 25th Great British Beach Clean

Clare Fischer 29 Nov 2018

The charity has published the event’s report online and not only does it show record breaking volunteer and beach event numbers it also re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on UK beaches.

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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.

Read More


Trawler_FB

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.

Read More


Wet Wipe on Pebbles

News ‘Fine to Flush’ logo launched to fight fatbergs

Clare Fischer 11 Jan 2019

Consumers will soon be able to buy wet wipes bearing an official water industry symbol and be confident their purchase has passed strict scientific tests. The ‘Fine to flush’ logo will eliminate customer confusion that results in millions being spent on sewer blockages every year.

Read More


Team Status Row

Blog Celebrating the New Year in the middle of The Atlantic

7 Jan 2019

Team Status Row are three intrepid women with no rowing experience who are currently on track to become just the second all-female trio to row across the Atlantic. They’re taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest row, raising funds for MCS and awareness of plastic pollution. Read their latest updates from the middle of nowhere.

Read More


Crab Christmas

News 5 tips for sustainable seafood this Christmas

Rajina Gurung 20 Dec 2018

The Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only thing that’s green in your household this Christmas. As well as ditching the plastic straw with your Christmas cocktail, or using recycled paper to wrap presents, choosing sustainably sourced green rated seafood can make for a truly ocean conscious Christmas.

Here are some tips for making the most sustainable choices for festive fish favourites this Christmas:

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