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.
Latest news for Welsh wildlife
posted - 2014-04-16
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
posted - 2014-04-09
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
posted - 2014-04-11
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.
posted - 2014-03-21
posted - 2014-03-13
posted - 2014-02-27
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