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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We removed 568,000 pieces of litter from our coasts in one year

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It’s estimated that one rubbish truck load of plastic litter enters the ocean every minute


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Divers surveying scallops for the Glenmorangie's Deep project

News Groundbreaking project returns oysters to their original habitat

Richard Harrington 12 Oct 2018

Native oysters Ostrea edulis were common in the Dornoch Firth until they were fished to extinction over a hundred years ago. Now, as a partner in the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP, with Heriot-Watt University and Glenmorangie) we are helping to return the oyster beds here to their natural state.

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Tynemouth beach clean in1997

News I volunteer - Giving time to the ocean

9 Oct 2018

As the Seasearch dive programme reaches its 30-year milestone, Beachwatch tops 25 years and Capturing our Coast completes its planned three-year run, we celebrate the army of volunteers, past and present

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Lobster seafood dish

News Our latest seafood ratings are published today

Clare Fischer 3 Oct 2018

Do you really know where you stand when it comes to choosing seafood? The latest version of the MCS Good Fish Guide is online today using our simple 5-step rating system to identify fish sustainability-where 1 is a Best Choice and 5 is a Fish to Avoid. But there’s always a catch - so we’re urging consumers to use the Guide to help get the full sustainability story

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Liz Bonin - Drowning in Plastic

News Let’s ban single-use plastics says Liz Bonnin

Clare Fischer 1 Oct 2018

The presenter of BBC1’s ‘Drowning In Plastic’ documentary (BBC1 tonight 8.30pm), has called for a ban on single-use plastics in the UK. The programme investigates the effect plastic material is having on marine animals and the extent of the problem of polluted seas.

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Craig Hunter - Commissioning Editor Blue Planet

News Blue Planet II's lasting legacy

28 Sep 2018

BBC One returns to marine conservation this autumn with another big documentary, presented by biologist Liz Bonnin, on the effects of plastic on marine life. Meet Commissioning Editor Craig Hunter.

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Reusable Bottle Fill up

News Today is National Refill Day!

Clare Fischer 27 Sep 2018

On the first ever National Refill Day, John Lewis and Morrisons have become the latest high street chains to sign up to provide free drinking water for everybody, whilst Heathrow has also signed up to the ‘Refill’ scheme. There are now 12,000 locations across the UK offering free water fill-ups without a paid-for purchase.

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MCS WWF

Blog WWF and MCS join forces for Brighton beach clean

Erin O'Neill 10 Oct 2018

Recently, the Marine Conservation Society came together with environmental charity WWF UK for a massive beach clean in sunny Brighton. I was one of over 200 people who helped to clean up Brighton beach as part of WWF’s all-staff away day.

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Theresa May

Blog Is the marine environment a political priority?

Emma Crane 5 Oct 2018

The party conference season is over for another year and MPs return to Parliament next week. Over the last month each of the major political parties headed to cities around the UK where they were joined by an eclectic mix of party members, corporate lobbyists, CEOs, policy & public affairs leads from charities, NGOs and other groups with an interest in influencing policy.

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Paper Straws

Blog Do we really need to keep sucking?

Emma Cunningham 4 Oct 2018

As paper straws begin to be manufactured in the UK for the first time in decades, MCS pollution experts say replacing one single-use item with another is not the answer. Unless you have very young children or there’s a medical need – it’s best to sip not suck.

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Blog Flushed without success

21 Sep 2018

A national survey has discovered that the flushing habits of the UK public are nothing short of astounding – and not in a good way. At least one in four people in the UK pour cooking oil down the drain, whilst, according to UKDN Waterflow, three percent questioned said they’d given their hamster a burial at sea by sending them round the u-bend.

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Blog The latte levy: fighting single-use plastic cups

11 Sep 2018

You may have heard the term latte levy and wondered what it means- we explain what it’s all about and why it’s such a hot topic.

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Anemone

Blog MCS response to Scotland’s Programme for Government 2018-19

Calum Duncan 6 Sep 2018

With Scotland home to 61% of UK seas, and marine conservation and fisheries being devolved matters, plans by the Scottish Government have the potential to contribute greatly to UK marine conservation. Here, MCS Head of Conservation Scotland Calum Duncan welcomes commitments in the Scottish Government’s latest Programme for Government 2018-19…

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Pocket Good Fish Guide 2018

Press Release There’s always a catch when it comes to sustainable seafood

4 Oct 2018

The Marine Conservation Society publishes its latest seafood ratings today. MCS says the key to making the right seafood choices is understanding what it is, where it is from and how it is caught or farmed, and using the Good Fish Guide website, app and pocket guide.

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Budleigh Salterton Waitrose Clean

Press Release Helpers flock to the aid of 25th national coastal clean up

18 Sep 2018

Well over 1,000 people took part around Wales over the weekend at this year’s Great British Beach Clean, at 60 different beaches spread all around the coast.

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Ward Thomas

Press Release Taking country to the beach

10 Sep 2018

Chart-topping country duo, Ward Thomas, will be putting down their guitars and grabbing a pair of litter pickers to help clean up two beaches on the south coast as part of Great British Beach Clean.

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Gwithian Beachclean

Press Release Call for beach lovers to join 25th annual coastal clean up

7 Sep 2018

A clean-up is being run at Gwithian beach on Saturday 15th September 2018, at 12:30pm, and the Marine Conservation Society says volunteers are needed to help clean and take part.

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Aeroplane - SCRAPbook

Press Release New map of Scotland's hidden coastline will help in fight against beach litter

28 Aug 2018

The SCRAPbook project has been mapping the extent of litter around the Scottish coastline, today is launching a map to display the aerial photography captured.

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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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Divers surveying scallops for the Glenmorangie's Deep project

News Groundbreaking project returns oysters to their original habitat

Richard Harrington 12 Oct 2018

Native oysters Ostrea edulis were common in the Dornoch Firth until they were fished to extinction over a hundred years ago. Now, as a partner in the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP, with Heriot-Watt University and Glenmorangie) we are helping to return the oyster beds here to their natural state.

Read More


MCS WWF

Blog WWF and MCS join forces for Brighton beach clean

Erin O'Neill 10 Oct 2018

Recently, the Marine Conservation Society came together with environmental charity WWF UK for a massive beach clean in sunny Brighton. I was one of over 200 people who helped to clean up Brighton beach as part of WWF’s all-staff away day.

Read More


Tynemouth beach clean in1997

News I volunteer - Giving time to the ocean

9 Oct 2018

As the Seasearch dive programme reaches its 30-year milestone, Beachwatch tops 25 years and Capturing our Coast completes its planned three-year run, we celebrate the army of volunteers, past and present

Read More


Theresa May

Blog Is the marine environment a political priority?

Emma Crane 5 Oct 2018

The party conference season is over for another year and MPs return to Parliament next week. Over the last month each of the major political parties headed to cities around the UK where they were joined by an eclectic mix of party members, corporate lobbyists, CEOs, policy & public affairs leads from charities, NGOs and other groups with an interest in influencing policy.

Read More


Paper Straws

Blog Do we really need to keep sucking?

Emma Cunningham 4 Oct 2018

As paper straws begin to be manufactured in the UK for the first time in decades, MCS pollution experts say replacing one single-use item with another is not the answer. Unless you have very young children or there’s a medical need – it’s best to sip not suck.

Read More


 
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