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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.

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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 - Record number of UK bathing beaches have excellent water quality
posted - 2014-04-16

Record number of UK bathing beaches have excellent water quality

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 Read more

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Latest news image - Break the Bag Habit launch pledge website
posted - 2014-04-09

Break the Bag Habit launch pledge website

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 Read more

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Latest news image - Disgusting tide of litter threatens UK beaches
posted - 2014-04-11

Disgusting tide of litter threatens UK beaches

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. Read more

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Latest news image - TCI turtle management improved following MCS work
posted - 2014-03-21

TCI turtle management improved following MCS work

Our work to get better protection for turtles around the Turks and Caicos Islands has paid off which means better conservation measures at this tradtional fishery Read more

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Latest news image - New report says restored fish stocks will bring economic benefit
posted - 2014-03-13

New report says restored fish stocks will bring economic benefit

The second State of Natural Capital report says the restoration of marine fisheries to historic stock levels seen between the 1930s and 70s could deliver economic benefit of  £1.4bn per annum Read more

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Latest news image - Can you take on the Plastic Challenge?
posted - 2014-02-27

Can you take on the Plastic Challenge?

Could you live plastic free for Lent? Or give up ‘single use’ plastic for 1 day, 1 week or more? We’ve got lots of ways to get involved and raise awareness of the impacts of plastic litter.  Read more

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