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

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News MCS calls for ban of 'forever chemicals’ lurking in bathroom cabinets

6 Feb 2020

MCS has identified bathroom staples which contain invisible ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS, which remain in the marine environment for many years and can have a detrimental impacts on the ocean and the animals within it.

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Seagrass Meadow

News New project launched to help protect seagrass across England

30 Jan 2020

Seagrass are the lungs of coastal seas. Coastal seas are the lungs of the oceans. The sea is the lungs of planet earth. Seagrass is 35x as efficient as rainforests at locking in CO2. This is because of the extensive, deep root systems and their rapid growth rate

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Kelp off UK coast

News Sussex Authority proposes ban on inshore trawling to help kelp forest recover

24 Jan 2020

A bylaw which will see trawling excluded from a 117 square mile area of Sussex coastline to allow the recovery of kelp forests has been propsed. It follows an MCS-supported campaign ‘Help our Kelp’ that was also backed by Sir David Attenborough.

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Olive ridley

News Update: Kemp's ridley turtle rescued on Seaford Beach

20 Jan 2020

A kemp’s ridley turtle (initially misidentified as an olive ridley) rescued by swimmers off Seaford beach, East Sussex, has died say staff at Brighton’s Sea Life Centre.

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Redrated

News We want you to say no to Red Rated seafood

16 Dec 2019

Plenty more fish in the sea? Maybe not! The way we catch and produce fish is damaging our seas. Fishing and fish farming are changing our oceans and we’re driving the demand for fish that are endangered or at risk.

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News What will the UK Government do to improve our Red Rated fisheries?

16 Dec 2019

This week, on 16th and 17th December, annual negotiations for fishing quotas in the EU will commence between EU Member States. These negotiations are set to be unlike any previous as they may well be the last for the UK.

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Fishing boat

Blog The new UK Fisheries Bill: learning from past mistakes or set to repeat them?

29 Jan 2020

Our Fisheries Policy Expert, Debbie Crockard, looks at the new Fisheries Bill and its potential to help end overfishing in UK waters.

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Blog Join us for a #PlasticFreeChristmas this year

Erin O'Neill 18 Nov 2019

At MCS, we’re committed to #STOPthePlasticTide and we’re working tirelessly towards a future of safe and healthy seas where less and less plastic is getting into our oceans and washing up on our beaches. We’re always on the lookout for other organisations, companies and individuals that are committed to the same goal as us, and so we’re pleased to announce a new partnership with PomPom.

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Blog Charity advent calendar supports MCS for the second-year running

Erin O'Neill 7 Nov 2019

We’re happy to announce that Advent of Change, a non-profit organisation that creates charitable products and campaigns, is supporting MCS with their unique children’s advent calendar for Christmas 2019, alongside 23 other charities.

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Howard Davies

Blog What does Salcombe, gin and ocean sustainability have in common?

4 Nov 2019

I grew up in North Hampshire only an hour’s drive from the sea and spent annual family holidays on South Devon’s picturesque coast in Salcombe, captivated by its golden sandy beaches and turquoise water.

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Boris speech - Conservative Party Conference 2019

Blog Party conference tour - navigating the current political maelstrom

Emma Crane 11 Oct 2019

Against all of the Brexit turmoil, MCS’s intrepid Public Affairs Manager, Emma Crane, headed to Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester to make sure that politicians and policy advisers heard about the issues that MCS care about and to push for the policy changes that are urgently needed to protect our marine environment.

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Blog Satellites and basking sharks

27 Aug 2019

Calum Duncan, MCS Head of Conservation Scotland, recalls an encounter with a basking shark and reflects on the ground-breaking tagging studies which underline the case for the Sea of the Hebrides MPA.

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Coast Mag Beachclean

Press Release Sign up to tackle the UK’s beach litter in the biggest beach clean ever

23 Jul 2019

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is looking for thousands of volunteers to clean up the nation’s beaches during this year’s Great British Beach Clean event (20th -23rd September).

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Northcott Beach, Cornwall

Press Release MCS Welcomes Marine Protection Review

10 Jun 2019

MCS welcomes the Environment Secretary’s decision to launch an independent review to consider whether Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) would add further protections to the seas around England and Northern Ireland.

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Beachy Head MCZ

Press Release 41 New Marine Conservation Zones welcomed by MCS

31 May 2019

The Marine Conservation Society welcomes today’s announcement by the government of the creation of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), but warns that proper investment in their management and monitoring must be made if they are to benefit both people and wildlife.

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Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

Press Release Fernando Montano and Friends - Dance for the Sea

30 May 2019

Royal Ballet soloist Fernando Montano is taking a step in a new direction, raising awareness of ocean pollution by staging an event at the Royal Academy of Music in London in July.

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Bottles recycled

Press Release Marine Conservation Society warns Welsh Local Authorities not to fail future generations by resisting Deposit Return Scheme

8 May 2019

The Marine Conservation Society has warned Welsh Local Authorities and elements within government that they will be failing young people if they refuse to back a money-back recycling system which encourages consumers to return their empty glass and plastic bottles and cans.

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DRS

Press Release Michael Gove urged to follow Scotland’s lead for an all-inclusive money back recycling system

8 May 2019

The CEO of the UK’s leading marine conservation charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), has urged Michael Gove to follow the example set by Scotland today in designing an ambitious all-inclusive money-back recycling system for bottles and cans.

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News MCS calls for ban of 'forever chemicals’ lurking in bathroom cabinets

6 Feb 2020

MCS has identified bathroom staples which contain invisible ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS, which remain in the marine environment for many years and can have a detrimental impacts on the ocean and the animals within it.

Read More


Seagrass Meadow

News New project launched to help protect seagrass across England

30 Jan 2020

Seagrass are the lungs of coastal seas. Coastal seas are the lungs of the oceans. The sea is the lungs of planet earth. Seagrass is 35x as efficient as rainforests at locking in CO2. This is because of the extensive, deep root systems and their rapid growth rate

Read More


Fishing boat

Blog The new UK Fisheries Bill: learning from past mistakes or set to repeat them?

29 Jan 2020

Our Fisheries Policy Expert, Debbie Crockard, looks at the new Fisheries Bill and its potential to help end overfishing in UK waters.

Read More


Kelp off UK coast

News Sussex Authority proposes ban on inshore trawling to help kelp forest recover

24 Jan 2020

A bylaw which will see trawling excluded from a 117 square mile area of Sussex coastline to allow the recovery of kelp forests has been propsed. It follows an MCS-supported campaign ‘Help our Kelp’ that was also backed by Sir David Attenborough.

Read More


Olive ridley

News Update: Kemp's ridley turtle rescued on Seaford Beach

20 Jan 2020

A kemp’s ridley turtle (initially misidentified as an olive ridley) rescued by swimmers off Seaford beach, East Sussex, has died say staff at Brighton’s Sea Life Centre.

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