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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41% of North East Atlantic stocks including those around the UK are subject to overfished

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Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles


© Jack Versiani Holt

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Our Latest…

News Environment Minister gets handy with a litter picker

16 Sep 2017

Thérèse Coffey, the Environment Minister, and MP for the Suffolk Coastal constituency, joined us today to clean up Aldeburgh beach as part of this weekend’s Great British Beach Clean.

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News Good news for lobsters as England set to ban landings of egg bearing females

13 Sep 2017

Following a consultation on the prohibition of landing eggbearing lobsters and crawfish in England, which included a response from MCS, the Government has announced that it will introduce a ban by October 1st this year.

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News Latest Portuguese man o' war strandings - biggest for years. Serious stingers can deliver powerful punch and must not be touched.

12 Sep 2017

Reports of Portuguese man o’ war washing up on beaches over the last week have been steadily incressing. MCS jellyfish expert, Dr Peter Richardson, says this is now the biggest mass Portugugese man o’ war stranding since 2012!

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News MCS mourns the loss of Dr Duncan Huggett

12 Sep 2017

Duncan was a very active trustee for MCS over the period to 2005-2015, using his expertise and enthusiasm to help us shape our conservation policies and strategic directions. He brought particular nature conservation skills and knowledge of Government and its agencies, having previously worked closely with us when we campaigned together with the RSPB on marine nature conservation legislation.

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News Deposit returns to be a reality for Scotland

4 Sep 2017

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) welcomes the commitment to a bottle deposit return system made by Scottish Government, as reported by the Daily Mail and Sky News this morning.

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Blog Getting seaweed savvy with the Big Seaweed Search

Jules Agate 8 Sep 2017

Our South West Volunteer Manager Jules Agate has been seeing seaweeds in a new light with the Big Seaweed Search (BSS). Read on to find out all about her macro algae adventures!

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Blog Choosing sustainable seafood

Rajina Gurung 6 Sep 2017

with Mike King

Do you love eating seafood but aren’t sure if what you’re eating is sustainable…

We asked chef Mike King, one of Compass Group UK & Ireland’s expert culinary team, for his top tips on how to choose the best seafood.

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Blog We have got the bottle!

Richard Harrington 5 Sep 2017

Deposit return system on the way for Scotland

Buoyed by today’s announcement in Scottish Parliament, MCS Scotland Conservation Officer Catherine Gemmell describes what it has been like on the campaign trail for a deposit return system, and her thoughts on what needs to happen now for it to be a success.

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Blog Anglesey beachcleaning and our new GBBC coordinator

Lizzie Prior, Jack Versiani Holt 24 Aug 2017

This year the Great British Beach Clean (GBBC) is coordinated by our Beach and River Clean Project Officer, Lizzie Prior. Lizzie shares her beach-cleaning experience, provides her insight into the timing of GBBC and the importance of the litter data collected at Anglesey.

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Blog The Beluga II Expediton comes to a close

27 Jun 2017

By: Fiona Nicholls, Greenpeace campaigner

Throughout May and June, Greenpeace’s ship the Beluga II set out on a two-month scientific voyage around Scotland’s coastlines, investigating the impact of ocean plastic pollution on some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes and iconic wildlife.

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Press Release Environment Minister Joins Volunteers Armed With Litter Pickers For The Great British Beach Clean At Aldeburgh

Richard Harrington 16 Sep 2017

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), was joined by the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey at Aldeburgh beach today when she took part in the charity’s Great British Beach Clean.

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Press Release Portuguese Man O' War Washing Up On UK Shores

Richard Harrington 12 Sep 2017

Beachgoers warned not to touch these stinging jellyfish-like creatures

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is urging autumn beach visitors to look out for a bizarre stinging creature, the Portuguese man o’ war, but advises people not to touch.

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Press Release Can you help create one of the biggest beach cleaning event ever in Wales?

14 Aug 2017

Marine Conservation Society bidding to clean up to more beaches than ever before across the country in just four days

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Press Release High Street Eateries And Pubs Falling Short On Seafood Sustainability

3 Jul 2017

High street restaurants and pubs need to do more to prevent seafood being overfished, analysis by Fish2fork and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) shows.

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News Environment Minister gets handy with a litter picker

16 Sep 2017

Thérèse Coffey, the Environment Minister, and MP for the Suffolk Coastal constituency, joined us today to clean up Aldeburgh beach as part of this weekend’s Great British Beach Clean.

Read More


News Good news for lobsters as England set to ban landings of egg bearing females

13 Sep 2017

Following a consultation on the prohibition of landing eggbearing lobsters and crawfish in England, which included a response from MCS, the Government has announced that it will introduce a ban by October 1st this year.

Read More


News Latest Portuguese man o' war strandings - biggest for years. Serious stingers can deliver powerful punch and must not be touched.

12 Sep 2017

Reports of Portuguese man o’ war washing up on beaches over the last week have been steadily incressing. MCS jellyfish expert, Dr Peter Richardson, says this is now the biggest mass Portugugese man o’ war stranding since 2012!

Read More


News MCS mourns the loss of Dr Duncan Huggett

12 Sep 2017

Duncan was a very active trustee for MCS over the period to 2005-2015, using his expertise and enthusiasm to help us shape our conservation policies and strategic directions. He brought particular nature conservation skills and knowledge of Government and its agencies, having previously worked closely with us when we campaigned together with the RSPB on marine nature conservation legislation.

Read More


Blog Getting seaweed savvy with the Big Seaweed Search

Jules Agate 8 Sep 2017

Our South West Volunteer Manager Jules Agate has been seeing seaweeds in a new light with the Big Seaweed Search (BSS). Read on to find out all about her macro algae adventures!

Read More