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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 - 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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Latest news image - Report shows important sites for sharks
posted - 2014-07-11

Report shows important sites for sharks

Shark tagging research shows that waters around Coll, Tiree and Hyskeir are so important for basking sharks that a marine protected area is merited here. Read more

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Latest news image - It`s poetry in ocean as MCS gets a poet in residence
posted - 2014-07-15

It`s poetry in ocean as MCS gets a poet in residence

Poet, performer and educator, Susan Richardson, aims to stimulate minds, stir the urge to create and inspire a similar passion in others. Susan will be writing poems inspiored by our 30 species appeal Read more

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