Demand protection for English seas - before it's too late!


A public consultation on Marine Conservation Zones opened late last year. Scientists say 127 Marine Conservation Zones are needed to help protect English seas for years to come. Ignoring that advice, the Government is only consulting on 31. Read more about the campaign background.

Coleen the Quahog's future is out of her hands. You can help BUT time is running out! The consultation closes at the end of March.

Before it's too late, please take part in the public consultation and tell the Government why 127 Marine Conservation Zones is the only answer.

Background: Why Coleen? She joins Trevor the Trembling Sea Mat and Kat Skater in a series of five characters we've been introducing to explain why English seas need protecting, and whose story is being brought to life with artistic licence. While the illustrations are deliberately fun, and not wholly anatomically accurate, we're deadly serious about the need for better protection of our seas, which is why we are campaigning for a network of 127 Marine Conservation Zones. There are thousands of species that will benefit from better protection in English waters. More.

MCS News

More MCZs planned for English seas in 2015

Defra say that a further 37 Marine Conservation Zones are being considered for designation in 2015. We're pleased, but it's still a long way off what's needed for a full network of protection in English waters to stop the decline in marine biodiversity. >> Read more

Consultation on Scottish MPAs has now closed

Marine Scotland will now analyse all the responses - and hopefully in spring 2014, we'll hear which MPAs will be going forward for designation. We will keep you posted! Until then you can keep pledging your support. >> Pledge

Your chance to help Scottish seas recover

Act now! Take part in the consultation on a MPA network around Scotland. 33 sites proposed in first step to secure the future of one of Scotland's most valuable assets  >> more

Historic summer to save Scotland`s seas

Scottish Government MPA consultation is a turning point says MCS but there's still a long way to go >> more

English seas worth billions to economy

News Item imageCash and emotional value of protecting our seas revealed in new report, yet so far ignored by Westminster >> More

Marine Conservation Zones for English seas stalling, say MPs

Committee of MPs concerned that English MCZs are not being given a timetable by Government. >> More

For one day only, let`s get tweeting

News Item imageWe've been to hand in your MCZ pledges to No 10. Tweet the minister so he can't ignore us >> More   

MCS at Holyrood to hand in marine pledges

News Item imageMCS' Calum Duncan hands in thousands of pledges supporting MPAs in Scotland to Environment Minister >> More

English consultation now closed

A huge thank you to everyone who took part in the public consultation on 127 Marine Conservation Zones in English seas - which has now closed. Watch this space to see what happens next!

12 days left to save English seas

The public consultation on Marine Conservation Zones closes at the end of March. Find out why this is so important for Coleen the Quahog and have your say now. >> More 

March for marine protection a huge success

News Item imageAlmost 2,000 join MCS, BSAC, Sea Life and Fish Fight on the Westminster rally >> More   

Fish Fighting Hugh to front MCS march on Westminster

News Item imageMCS' march on Westminster gathers pace with support from Fish Fight, BSAC and Sea Life. Get involved now! >> More  

Join our Westminster rally

On 25th February 2013, MCS is leading a march across Westminster bridge to the Houses of Parliament to show mass support for 127 Marine Conservation Zones in English seas.  >> More

Sea creatures sing for their survival

Watch our new video showing why England's sea creatures are so desperate for 127 Marine Conservation Zones. Please share it and help it go viral >> Watch now

Government shows lack of ambition with latest MCZ announcement

News Item imagePublic consultation on MCZs is launched today with promise of just 31 zones to be designated in 2013 >>More