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Protecting wildlife

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.

Protecting wildlife...

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

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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Latest news image - Get down and dirty on the beach
posted - 2014-07-15

Get down and dirty on the beach

We've launched our Great British Beach Clean. It's a drive to get 10,000 people cleaning UK beaches to help get them back to their litter-free best! Register now at a beach near you or organise a clean yourself! Read more

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Latest news image - English MPA inquiry report attacks slowness on MCZs
posted - 2014-07-01

English MPA inquiry report attacks slowness on MCZs

MCS backs conclusion that more commitment is needed by Government if it's to remain true to its original intention to establish world class network of marine protected areas around the UK. Read more

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