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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 - Record number of UK bathing beaches have excellent water quality
posted - 2014-04-16

Record number of UK bathing beaches have excellent water quality

The latest MCS Good Beach Guide has recommended 538 UK bathing beaches for their excellent water quality - 135 more than the previous year. Just 14 beaches failed to reach minimum water quality standards Read more

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Latest news image - Break the Bag Habit launch pledge website
posted - 2014-04-09

Break the Bag Habit launch pledge website

MCS and our Break the Bag Habit partners have launched a pledge website to encourage people to pledge to stop using single-use bags. 10.6B bags will be handed out before a charge is implemented in England Read more

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Latest news image - Disgusting tide of litter threatens UK beaches
posted - 2014-04-11

Disgusting tide of litter threatens UK beaches

Our latest Beachwatch report reveals the highest number of litter items per kilometre surveyed in the project's 20 year history. Welsh and North West beaches are worst, whilst Scotland and the South West are below the national average. Read more

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Latest news image - TCI turtle management improved following MCS work
posted - 2014-03-21

TCI turtle management improved following MCS work

Our work to get better protection for turtles around the Turks and Caicos Islands has paid off which means better conservation measures at this tradtional fishery Read more

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Latest news image - New report says restored fish stocks will bring economic benefit
posted - 2014-03-13

New report says restored fish stocks will bring economic benefit

The second State of Natural Capital report says the restoration of marine fisheries to historic stock levels seen between the 1930s and 70s could deliver economic benefit of  £1.4bn per annum Read more

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Latest news image - Can you take on the Plastic Challenge?
posted - 2014-02-27

Can you take on the Plastic Challenge?

Could you live plastic free for Lent? Or give up ‘single use’ plastic for 1 day, 1 week or more? We’ve got lots of ways to get involved and raise awareness of the impacts of plastic litter.  Read more

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