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Clean seas and beaches

Pollution from sewers, farmland and city streets is a serious concern at a third of the UK's bathing beaches. And beach litter levels continue to be over acceptable levels at nearly 2,000 items for every kilometre on a beach.
 

 

Let's work together to turn the tide on pollution

There's rubbish on our beaches and pollution in our seas. Agricultural and urban run-off, storm waters, misconnected plumbing and dog faeces often end up in the seas we swim in - whilst our passion for plastic is leaving a legacy of litter on our beaches including cotton bud sticks, drinks bottles and plastic bags.

Dangerous to wildlife

Litter and sewage pollution is not only an eyesore but is also a danger to the amazing wildlife in our seas and on our beaches. Action needs to be taken NOW to reduce litter levels on our beaches by half by 2020 and to see a drop in sewage pollution.

Making a difference

We have successfully campaigned for single use carrier bag levies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We have also been instrumental in instigating a marine litter strategy in Northern Ireland, a first for the UK!

But more needs to be done and YOU can help. 

Every year we work with thousands of volunteers across the UK to monitor the litter on our beaches through our Beachwatch programme. Using the data we collect from our surveys, we work on areas of particular concern, such as plastic bags and balloon and lantern releases.

We also report on the state of our bathing waters through the Good Beach Guide and encourage water companies, local authorities and regulators to work together to improve bathing water quality.

Read more about the problem - and find out about some of the solutions.  

 

Latest news for Clean seas and beaches

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 - 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 - New plastic bag figures highlight need to rethink charge in England
posted - 2014-07-15

New plastic bag figures highlight need to rethink charge in England

Break the Bag Habit coalition calls on new Secretary of State to drop exemptions proposed for the carrier bag charge in England. Read more

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Latest news image - Wild swimmers face toughest conditions yet at the Big Sea Swim
posted - 2014-07-15

Wild swimmers face toughest conditions yet at the Big Sea Swim

68 competitors combat incredibly strong currents in aid of the Marine Conservation Society. Read more

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