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The MCS wildlife conservation programme

The world's oceans are losing their biodiversity at an accelerating rate. In our UK seas, familiar species such as the common skate, angel shark and sturgeon are now critically endangered.

Overfishing is often to blame, but for animals such as marine turtles that depend on land and sea, a range of human activities now threatens their habitats at home and abroad. For example, coral reefs are often referred to as the rainforests of the sea, and are home to about a quarter of all known marine creatures, including green and hawksbill turtles. Sadly, one fifth of the world's reefs have already been destroyed and half are seriously threatened.

What needs to be done?

We need to manage our relationship with the sea in ways that allow the wealth of marine wildlife to thrive, now and for future generations. We must use this amazing resource wisely. For some species and some special places, we must take protective measures that may mean closing off areas from harmful use, to allow replenishment and recovery.

MCS in Action

MCS is working towards better management and protection of our marine wildlife. We invite you to support our campaign for the establishment of a network of Marine Protected Areas in UK seas.

Through Seasearch and our wildlife surveys, you can take part in recording, and finding out more about our marine wildlife.

Our work overseas takes a people-centred approach to marine conservation. Our collaborative projects in Asia and the Caribbean are finding out how best to manage valuable marine resources such as marine turtles and coral reefs.

Help us secure a future for our marine wildlife. Join MCS today.

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