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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 - 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 - 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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