UK seas are home to seals, sharks and 23 species of whale and dolphin. Beneath the waves are some of the finest marine habitats in Europe - rocky reefs, corals, sea fans and sponges. But our seas and the marine life they support, need help. Decades of damage have left them seriously at risk.
Saving our disappearing wildlife
Our oceans support an estimated ten million species, only three percent of which have been identified. But our rich ocean wildlife is being depleted, disappearing before we have even had the chance to learn about it. We are losing biodiversity at a rate never witnessed before, at huge cost to ourselves, and leaving a degraded environment that leaves wildlife vulnerable in the face of change.
If our oceans are to cope with what the future will throw at them, we need to act now. We need to halt the loss of biodiversity and take care of the fabric of life in our seas. We are all connected to the sea in ways we may not realise, and the health of our seas is key to a rich and productive future.
MCS wildlife protection in action
We are working to protect our precious seas and wildlife, and there are lots of ways for you to get involved. We are campaigning for marine protected areas in the UK, studying the amazing wildlife in our seas, and working on frontline conservation projects involving local people in the stewardship of their marine resources, both in the UK and abroad, with our coral reef projects.
Latest news for Wildlife protection
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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