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.


21.7 million tonnes of wild caught fish are not for people to eat; almost 75% of this is to feed farmed fish

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Over time, one plastic bottle bobbing along in the ocean can break down in to hundreds of tiny plastic pieces


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London Marathon bottle debris

News London Marathon to trial compostable cups

Clare Fischer 20 Apr 2018

Three drinks stations on the 26.2 mile London Marathon course will be offering runners their hydration in compostable cups for the first time. The event organisers say they want to be at the forefront of events sustainability.

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Straws_N

News Plastic straw, stirrer and cotton bud ban proposed

Clare Fischer 19 Apr 2018

A consultation on banning disposable plastic products will launch later this year in an effort to cut the amount of waste which ends up in rivers and oceans. The government is prepared to ban the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England to help protect marine life.

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News Pupils take Wild Bottle Sighting campaign to Scottish Parliament

Irene Lorenzo 18 Apr 2018

Last night 8 pupils from Our Lady’s Primary were invited to the Scottish Parliament to talk to decision-makers about the Wild Bottle Sighting initiative, an MCS campaign that maps littered plastic bottles to highlight the need for a UK-wide Deposit Return System.

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Costa cups

News Costa Coffee pledges to recycle 500m cups a year

Erin O'Neill 18 Apr 2018

The UK’s largest coffee chain, Costa, has pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as they sell by 2020.

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Smoked Haddock - MSC

News Sustainable seafood sales jump 60% in two years

Clare Fischer 18 Apr 2018

UK supermarkets are selling more sustainable seafood than ever before. Aldi is selling the most sustainable seafood whilst Morrisons and Iceland the least. The seafood league table has been published by the blue tick organisation – the Marine Stewardship Council.

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News Plastic eating enzyme engineered in new research

17 Apr 2018

Scientists have engineered an enzyme; PETase, that is capable of digesting some of the most common plastics that are polluting our oceans.

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Blog Deposit returns - it's a new dawn for recycling in England

Sue Kinsey 28 Mar 2018

After years of campaigning, there is to be a deposit refund system (DRS) for England. This is fantastic news, but of course is only the first step in actually getting a system in place!

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Fishing boats small

Blog The challenges of fisheries management

Debbie Crockard 21 Mar 2018

We are currently going through the most significant legislative reform of the past 40 years; exactly how this will impact fisheries is unclear. There may be much to gain but also… so much to lose

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Blog Our Scotland Conservation Officer scoops award on International Women's Day

14 Mar 2018

MCS’ Catherine Gemmell has been recognised at the inaugural No.1 Magazine Amazing Woman Awards in Glasgow. The awards were a celebration of the fantastic strength and depth in talent, which women across Scotland possess from business to sport. Catherine received an Award of Special Thanks for her work on inspiring people across Scotland to care for their marine environment. Read her blog.

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HRH Coral Collaboration 2018

Blog Collaborating to save the corals

Jean-Luc Solandt 14 Feb 2018

MCS has been attending a meeting to discuss the future resilience of coral reefs in this, the third ‘International Year of the Reef’. MCS President, HRH Prince Charles, addressed the invited audience, saying the stakes are high and time short when it comes to coral reefs. Prince Harry, who has an interest in the issue, was also in attendance. MCS’ Dr Jean-Luc Solandt was there – read his blog.

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Live beachclean

Blog Stand by studio – we're beach cleaning on live radio

Lizzie Prior 6 Feb 2018

We’ve been beach cleaning live on the radio. Lizzie Prior, the MCS Beach and River Clean Project Officer, headed to the north west where she had a litter picker in one hand and mic in the other as she joined the Rossall Beach Buddies cleaning up Cleveleys.

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Pulse trawl

Blog A debate for science or emotion - or is it just too soon to legalise the widespread use of electricity to catch fish?

Samuel Stone 26 Jan 2018

The use of electricity in the marine environment is currently banned under EU technical regulations, but a series of derogations for scientific and data collection purposes have made it possible for (primarily) the Dutch to roll out the electric pulse fishing method on a large scale over the last decade.

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Riverclean

Press Release Join marine and river charities as they clean up the Thames with supermarket staff

19 Apr 2018

Join marine and river charities as they clean up the Thames with supermarket staff. Marine Conservation Society and Thames21 invite volunteers to spruce up the river at Slough as part of Waitrose partnership. Members of the public are being urged to join staff from Waitrose as they help investigate the link between river and marine litter.

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Aeroplane - SCRAPbook

Press Release Pilots to identify Scotland's marine litter hotspots, new project

Jack Versiani Holt 16 Apr 2018

The SCRAPbook project will take to the skies to find Scotland’s coastal and marine litter hotspots. Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography will see aerial photographs taken and fed into an online scrapbook for volunteers, communities, schools and individuals to direct beach clean up and survey activity.

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Langland Bay

Press Release Give Langland a litter free start to Spring

Clare Fischer 5 Apr 2018

After a battering from winter seas and winds, Langland Bay on the Gower needs help to get rid of the beach litter that has washed up or blown onto the shore in recent months.

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Wave Crashing

Press Release Deposit Refund System announced for England

Richard Harrington 28 Mar 2018

The Marine Conservation Society is delighted at the Environmental Secretary’s announcement today, that a scheme for deposit returns on plastic and glass bottles and metal cans is to be introduced in England.

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Dab Flatfish UK

Press Release Good Fish Guide - latest fish ratings out today

Clare Fischer 15 Mar 2018

As the UK prepares to find a way to secure a bigger share of the fish post Brexit, we think it’s time to swap our traditional top five favourite fish for new choices that’ll support the UK’s fishing and aquaculture industries. Check out our latest ‘Best Choices’ list and let’s make dab, hake, herring, mussels and mackerel the new cod, haddock, salmon, prawns and tuna.

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Riverclean

Press Release Targeting the Thames in the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up series

Jack Versiani Holt 15 Feb 2018

The UK’s leading marine charity, will be cleaning up river banks and recording the litter found for the first time, thanks to the support of one of the country’s leading supermarkets.

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London Marathon bottle debris

News London Marathon to trial compostable cups

Clare Fischer 20 Apr 2018

Three drinks stations on the 26.2 mile London Marathon course will be offering runners their hydration in compostable cups for the first time. The event organisers say they want to be at the forefront of events sustainability.

Read More


Straws_N

News Plastic straw, stirrer and cotton bud ban proposed

Clare Fischer 19 Apr 2018

A consultation on banning disposable plastic products will launch later this year in an effort to cut the amount of waste which ends up in rivers and oceans. The government is prepared to ban the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds in England to help protect marine life.

Read More


News Pupils take Wild Bottle Sighting campaign to Scottish Parliament

Irene Lorenzo 18 Apr 2018

Last night 8 pupils from Our Lady’s Primary were invited to the Scottish Parliament to talk to decision-makers about the Wild Bottle Sighting initiative, an MCS campaign that maps littered plastic bottles to highlight the need for a UK-wide Deposit Return System.

Read More


Costa cups

News Costa Coffee pledges to recycle 500m cups a year

Erin O'Neill 18 Apr 2018

The UK’s largest coffee chain, Costa, has pledged to recycle as many disposable cups as they sell by 2020.

Read More


Smoked Haddock - MSC

News Sustainable seafood sales jump 60% in two years

Clare Fischer 18 Apr 2018

UK supermarkets are selling more sustainable seafood than ever before. Aldi is selling the most sustainable seafood whilst Morrisons and Iceland the least. The seafood league table has been published by the blue tick organisation – the Marine Stewardship Council.

Read More


 
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