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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Over 15,000 marine species are found in UK seas

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Litter has increased by 135% since 1994, with plastics increasing by a staggering 180%


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News Sea monsters - The whale, lost in translation

17 Aug 2018

Terror and punishment (and eventually rebirth) are synonyms of “the sea-monster”, ready to swallow you whole, and trap you in a dark and wet stomach/dungeon. But how did a highly intelligent, social, docile marine mammal join the undesired club of mean marine horrors?

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Butterfly fish shoal, st Helena

News Back the blue belt

17 Aug 2018

The Great British Oceans coalition channelled the flood of public concern inspired by Blue Planet II towards actions to protect four million km2 of ocean around the British Overseas Territories by 2020.

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Coral in hot water

News Seawater temperature off San Diego hits all time high

Clare Fischer 16 Aug 2018

Scientists have recorded sea temperatures at an all-time high earlier this month and say that between 1982 and 2016, the number of marine heatwaves in the oceans have roughly doubled. Experts suggest the trend will only further accelerate with global warming.

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Don't be Shellfish Campaign

News Brits are concerned about effects of marine pollution - new research

Clare Fischer 15 Aug 2018

Students from the University of Hull have staged a placard protest to raise awareness of their latest research. It found 92% of people admitted to being concerned about the negative impact that plastic pollution in the oceans will have on future generations.

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Leatherback Cornwall stranding

News Plastic found inside washed up sea turtle

Jack O'Donovan 14 Aug 2018

A leatherback sea turtle has washed up on a beach in Cornwall with plastic in her stomach.

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Peter, Gilbert Jennings and Dave Clare release Lumi

News We're tracking the secret lives of teenage sea turtles

Peter Richardson 10 Aug 2018

We are deploying four new satellite tags on teenage turtles in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Knowledge of their mysterious, epic journeys will reveal vital information: where they need protection

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Festival plastic

Blog Going to a festival? Go plastic-free

Clare Fischer 10 Aug 2018

There are hundreds of festivals during the summer across the UK. From the big guns like Creamfields and Reading and Leeds to more niche events like Lakefest and Green Man. This year many are trying to reduce their plastic footprint by banning straws or providing re-usable cups. You can do your bit too by planning ahead. We’ve got some tips.

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Fish Market

Blog Tales from the fishy counter

Clare Fischer 3 Aug 2018

Do you know what you’re buying at the fishmonger? Do you ask the right questions and, more importantly, do you get the right answers? A trip to buy a cod loin or snap up some salmon is a minefield – on both sides of the counter

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Blog The Plastic Challenge – why is it not getting easier?

2 Aug 2018

Two days ago, the MCS Head of Conservation in Wales finished her fifth Plastic Challenge. Gill Bell hasn’t bought anything wrapped in plastic for a whole month. After five years of being a ‘Challenger’ she was hoping her choices would have been wider and being plastic free much easier. They weren’t and it wasn’t.

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DRS in use

Blog Industry is trying to stop Deposit Refund Schemes

Sue Kinsey 1 Aug 2018

There’s a concerted attempt from some elements of the plastics and packaging industries to derail a Deposit Return Scheme in the UK before the first bottle has been returned or the first deposit handed back. But do the arguments hold water or are they just desperate attempts to ensure the industry continues to sit pretty in a sea of single-use plastic?

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Blog Balmy weather, barmy headlines

Richard Harrington 31 Jul 2018

The silly season for stories in the media shouldn’t mean reports can be misleading, as news items on jellyfish bloom.

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Barafundle bay

Blog Pembrokeshire – a Welsh coastal gem

Clare Fischer 27 Jul 2018

It’s the ‘Year of the Sea’ in Wales. The principality has over 870 miles of accessible coastline, dramatic cliffs dropping sharply into boiling seas and pretty harbours where the water gently laps. A true jewel in this Welsh crown is the county of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. There’s much to see, but you can do it in a day - if you’re quick.

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Plastic bottle pile

Press Release Record breaking consultation reveals British people want the ‘plastic tax’

20 Aug 2018

Environmentalists celebrate the mass participation to what was dubbed the ‘plastic-tax consultation’ in the largest response to a call for evidence in the Treasury’s history. Over 220 organisations and 400,000 citizens have responded to the Treasury’s call for evidence on the introduction of tax or charges on single use (throwaway) plastic items. The Treasury has released today its analyses of the responses and the evidence received.

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Press Release In the Year of the Sea, be part of the biggest ever Wales-wide beach litter pick!

17 Jul 2018

Marine Conservation Society seeks hundreds of volunteers for its 25th annual clean-up

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Press Release Be part of the biggest ever Scotland-wide beach litter pick!

17 Jul 2018

The Marine Conservation Society seeks thousands of volunteers for its 25th annual clean-up

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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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News Sea monsters - The whale, lost in translation

17 Aug 2018

Terror and punishment (and eventually rebirth) are synonyms of “the sea-monster”, ready to swallow you whole, and trap you in a dark and wet stomach/dungeon. But how did a highly intelligent, social, docile marine mammal join the undesired club of mean marine horrors?

Read More


Butterfly fish shoal, st Helena

News Back the blue belt

17 Aug 2018

The Great British Oceans coalition channelled the flood of public concern inspired by Blue Planet II towards actions to protect four million km2 of ocean around the British Overseas Territories by 2020.

Read More


Coral in hot water

News Seawater temperature off San Diego hits all time high

Clare Fischer 16 Aug 2018

Scientists have recorded sea temperatures at an all-time high earlier this month and say that between 1982 and 2016, the number of marine heatwaves in the oceans have roughly doubled. Experts suggest the trend will only further accelerate with global warming.

Read More


Don't be Shellfish Campaign

News Brits are concerned about effects of marine pollution - new research

Clare Fischer 15 Aug 2018

Students from the University of Hull have staged a placard protest to raise awareness of their latest research. It found 92% of people admitted to being concerned about the negative impact that plastic pollution in the oceans will have on future generations.

Read More


Leatherback Cornwall stranding

News Plastic found inside washed up sea turtle

Jack O'Donovan 14 Aug 2018

A leatherback sea turtle has washed up on a beach in Cornwall with plastic in her stomach.

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