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Welsh seas are not as healthy as they should be. 60% of the country's marine environment is in decline and in parts that decline is accelerating. We've got to do something - and fast.

Marine is marvellous

The sea is so special around Wales that seven out of every eight sites that have been identified by Europe as being important are marine.

Welsh waters are really amazing. Bang tidy in fact! And it's not just the Welsh that are saying it. Welsh seas are widely recognised as being important, with 37% of the marine environment and 75 % of the coastline protected, under European legislation - although the extent of the protection is, to say the least, patchy. Protection for underwater sites falls well short of providing full protection that these amazing places and the wildlife that lives in them needs.

As well as being inadequately protected, these sites don't necessarily contain all the Welsh marine wildlife that needs protecting. A Wales Environment Link report indentified that 4% of nationally important species are only found  outside of the existing protected sites.  

>> Explore the wonders of our Welsh seas and coastline

Latest news for Welsh wildlife

Latest news image - MCS is part of Marine Charter campaign
posted - 2014-09-16

MCS is part of Marine Charter campaign

MCS is one of 19 organisations making a stand over actions needed for the recovery of UK seas. The Marine Charter has already attracted signatures of 120 MP's and Peers. Read more

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Latest news image - Last chance for a holiday of a lifetime
posted - 2014-08-21

Last chance for a holiday of a lifetime

Final shout out to be part of an exclusive MCS event! See Cornwall from a kayak with top guides Nick and Phillippa Arding. Find out how you can look as happy as they do! Read more

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Latest news image - Thirty new MPA`s for Scotland
posted - 2014-07-24

Thirty new MPA`s for Scotland

MCS has been a major influence in the process that has now resulted in great news for sealife, and Scotland’s hidden, underwater wonderlands after the health of Scotland’s seas has deteriorated in recent decades. Read more

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Latest news image - Fears for traditional fishing industries from Fal dredging
posted - 2014-07-24

Fears for traditional fishing industries from Fal dredging

MCS has been investigating the effects of potential dredging of the Fal estuary with local fishermen and marine experts. If it gets the go-ahead it could set a precedent for activities in other protected areas meaning protection will be meaningless Read more

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Latest news image - Jellyfish report is first stock take in forty years
posted - 2014-07-22

Jellyfish report is first stock take in forty years

A joint MCS and University of Exeter report details over 5,000 jelly reports featuring eight different species in UK waters. The last national update was four decades ago.     Read more

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Latest news image - Fishing down the food chain in the English Channel
posted - 2014-07-11

Fishing down the food chain in the English Channel

A new report shows that the English Channel ecosystem has been transformed by fishing, and species at the top of the food chain are faring badly. Read more

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