The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading marine charity. We work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.

Our seas are under immense pressure: too many fish are being taken out, too much rubbish is being thrown in and too little is being done to protect our precious wildlife. Our vision is for seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive.


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MCS encourages people to visit the coast, learn about the marine environment and enjoy it and provides ways they can help to keep it healthy and productive into the future

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Over 170 parliamentarians from across the political spectrum signed up to our Marine Charter calling for a network of ‘marine protected areas’ in UK Seas


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Use our guide to find out more about our marine wildlife and where it lives.


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Good Fish Guide
The latest advice, top tips and recipes for buying and cooking fish that is sustainably sourced.


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The final straw
We challenge YOU to refuse the straw!


 
 
 
 

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Beach outflow pipes

News Water companies not doing enough to reduce serious pollution

Clare Fischer 12 Jul 2018

In a performance report, the Environment Agency has said water companies must do more to cut down on serious pollution that’s blighting rivers and beaches. But, despite that call, the majority of England’s nine water companies assessed delivered ‘Good’ or ‘Leading’ performance – with improvement in self-reporting of pollution incidents and delivery of environmental improvement schemes.

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Fishing boats dock

News 'Sustainable' Fisheries Bill a concern as White Paper published

Clare Fischer 4 Jul 2018

MCS says the Government’s post-Brexit fisheries proposals are vague on how they will achieve world leading sustainable fisheries, with a lack of detail on sustainability objectives for a new Fisheries Bill.

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DRS in use

News Deposit Return in Scotland – how do you want it to look?

Clare Fischer 2 Jul 2018

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on the proposed deposit return scheme for drinks containers to find out, among other things, how much people think the deposit paid should be and what sort of containers should be covered.

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plastic challenge veg

News Are you ready to #GOPlasticFree this July?

Jack O'Donovan 28 Jun 2018

This July we launch our third Plastic Challenge, and it looks like it’ll be bigger than ever. Nearly 8,000 of you and counting have signed up.

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News The animals that UK residents live unaware of

28 Jun 2018

Survey finds that few people are aware they can see whales and sharks in UK waters, and surprisingly few have spotted some relatively common species.

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Clothes Shopping

News Fast fashion – cheap on the pocket but costing the earth

Clare Fischer 22 Jun 2018

Disposable clothing and its effect on the environment is to be the subject of a House of Commons inquiry. Clothes bought cheaply and worn only a few times can release toxic chemicals during production, release plastic fibres in the wash and then end up in landfill.

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Football on beach

Blog Give our seas a hug in the #summeroflove

Clare Fischer 4 Jul 2018

It’s the summer of love - Love Island, the World Cup and the Marine Conservation Zone consultation. They’re not so very different - tight timescales and life changing. If you love the Island and want football to come home - make sure you’ve just enough love left to give our seas a hug.

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bloggers

Blog Beach clean with Scottish bloggers

27 Jun 2018

When Scottish content creators clean a beach, you can be sure you’ll hear about it. Bloggers, vloggers and social media masters do a beach clean to raise awareness about Scotland’s marine environment and plastic pollution.

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Prawn heart

Blog Are prawns a good environmental choice?

12 Jun 2018

We Brits love our prawns – in fact, we love them so much they make into our top five seafood choices alongside salmon, cod, haddock and tuna. However, we can’t ignore the alarming environmental messages we hear about them.

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Blog How to make plastic-free life last

Bev O'Kane 8 Jun 2018

A few summers ago, on my first Plastic Challenge trip to the supermarket, the great wall of plastic, quilting the supermarket shelves, knocked me back. Plastic – thick or thin - disguised and impounded my usual products, severely limiting my choice for the Plastic Challenge month ahead.

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coasting it

Blog Coasting it, one man's walk along 1600 miles of British coast

11 May 2018

Joshua Pedley, a 23-year old Waitrose partner is walking 1600 miles along the west coast of England and Wales from March to September 2018 to raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

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Blog A chef’s experience using the Good Fish Guide to make sustainable seafood choices

Erin O'Neill 4 May 2018

Chef Caroline Rye, The Urban Fishwife, tells us her experiences using MCS’ Good Fish Guide to make informed choices when buying fish.

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Fishing boats dock

Press Release Government's post-Brexit fisheries proposals are vague on how they will achieve world leading sustainable fisheries say conservationists

4 Jul 2018

The long-awaited Government White Paper outlining post-Brexit plans for fisheries management in its waters has been published. MCS says the resulting Fisheries Bill seems like it will be far too narrow in scope, missing an opportunity to make our future fisheries truly world-leading and sustainable.

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microbead fingerprint

Press Release Check your scrub – personal products containing microbeads are banned from sale from today

19 Jun 2018

Now ban must be extended to cleaning and other products says Marine Conservation Society

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Royal Cornwall Show 2018

Press Release Ross-on-Wye marine charity takes part in Prince of Wales' Countryside Parade

Richard Harrington 13 Jun 2018

Marine Conservation Society attends the Royal Cornwall Show to help celebrate its President’s lifelong contribution to rural life

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Langland beachclean

Press Release Help give Langland a litter free start to summer

13 Jun 2018

Marine Conservation Society hopes volunteer cleaners will come and give Gower beach a spruce-up after a busy spring

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Short snouted seahorse

Press Release Third round of Marine Conservation Zone designation could result in 40% of English seas being protected

8 Jun 2018

Today’s announcement that the designation of 41 proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) for English waters will be open to public consultation over the next six weeks has been welcomed by the UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

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Croyde beachclean volunteers

Press Release 25th Great British Beach Clean has the opportunity to break records, says marine charity

7 Jun 2018

Cleaning more beaches could tip the balance when it comes to stopping the plastic tide says Marine Conservation Society

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Beach outflow pipes

News Water companies not doing enough to reduce serious pollution

Clare Fischer 12 Jul 2018

In a performance report, the Environment Agency has said water companies must do more to cut down on serious pollution that’s blighting rivers and beaches. But, despite that call, the majority of England’s nine water companies assessed delivered ‘Good’ or ‘Leading’ performance – with improvement in self-reporting of pollution incidents and delivery of environmental improvement schemes.

Read More


Fishing boats dock

News 'Sustainable' Fisheries Bill a concern as White Paper published

Clare Fischer 4 Jul 2018

MCS says the Government’s post-Brexit fisheries proposals are vague on how they will achieve world leading sustainable fisheries, with a lack of detail on sustainability objectives for a new Fisheries Bill.

Read More


Football on beach

Blog Give our seas a hug in the #summeroflove

Clare Fischer 4 Jul 2018

It’s the summer of love - Love Island, the World Cup and the Marine Conservation Zone consultation. They’re not so very different - tight timescales and life changing. If you love the Island and want football to come home - make sure you’ve just enough love left to give our seas a hug.

Read More


DRS in use

News Deposit Return in Scotland – how do you want it to look?

Clare Fischer 2 Jul 2018

The Scottish Government has launched a public consultation on the proposed deposit return scheme for drinks containers to find out, among other things, how much people think the deposit paid should be and what sort of containers should be covered.

Read More


plastic challenge veg

News Are you ready to #GOPlasticFree this July?

Jack O'Donovan 28 Jun 2018

This July we launch our third Plastic Challenge, and it looks like it’ll be bigger than ever. Nearly 8,000 of you and counting have signed up.

Read More


 
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