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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News MCS welcomes a new Chair of Trustees

22 May 2020

We’re delighted to welcome Amanda Nobbs as our new chair of Trustees. Concern for the environment has been a strong theme running through Amanda’s career, which has straddled the charity, public and private sectors. Now she’s focused on helping us ensure our overexploited ocean can recover.

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Cramond GBBC 2019

News Success for Scottish seas: Scottish Parliament votes through Deposit Return Scheme

14 May 2020

Yesterday, after over five years of campaigning alongside all our supporters and partners, the Scottish Parliament voted through the final piece of legislation needed to put Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) into place.

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Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

News New Ocean Ambassador, Fernando Montano, takes on the 2.6 Challenge

5 May 2020

Royal Ballet dancer, Fernando Montano, joins MCS as our newest Ocean Ambassador. Our Ocean Ambassadors are passionate about our marine environment and work alongside us to help the ocean be a better place for both wildlife and for people.

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News Will you take the 2.6 Challenge for us?

22 Apr 2020

On Sunday 26th April, the 40th London Marathon was set to raise millions of pounds for charities, including for the Marine Conservation Society. As lockdown continues and Coronavirus causes mass gathering events to be cancelled, the UK’s mass participation event industry has come together to create the 2.6 Challenge to save the UK’s charities.

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News Our Blue Heart data shows power of ocean, even from afar

17 Apr 2020

As part of the Our Blue Heart project we’ve been working on over the last two years, we looked to explore the wellbeing benefits of spending time by the coast and how a deeper connection to the ocean effects our mental and physical health. It was clear that spending time on the coast and by the sea has a positive impact on our wellbeing.

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Newgale Coastal walk

News Ongoing struggle for green charities in wake of coronavirus will deal blow to nature recovery

Clare Fischer 15 Apr 2020

Major UK nature, science and conservation organisations say they’re concerned that the financial aid government is currently offering will not be sufficient to enable them to carry on their vital frontline work.

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Fishing boat

Blog From policy to plate: How the new Fisheries Bill affects the sustainability of your seafood

15 May 2020

The new Fisheries Bill – working its way through UK parliament right now – gives the UK an amazing opportunity to develop world-leading fisheries management with sustainability at its heart and deliver ocean-friendly seafood for consumers to enjoy.

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Fishing Boat

Blog Everything you need to know about the Fisheries Bill

5 May 2020

Alice Watson, Public Affairs Assistant at the Marine Conservation Society, discusses the Fisheries Bill and its key provisions.

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Blog New deep sea research shows tiny plastic fibres are a big plastic pollution problem

1 May 2020

New research from the University of Manchester has found that tiny plastic fibres, microfibres, are a big contribution to ocean plastic pollution.

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Tompot Blenny

Blog 2.6 Challenge: 26 Stories for the Sea

27 Apr 2020

On Sunday thousands of people all across the UK joined the 2.6 Challenge. Anne Thwaites is writing a story for the sea every day for 26 days from Sunday the 26th of April.

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Book on beach

Blog Our favourite marine-themed reads

Erin O'Neill 23 Apr 2020

Now that we’ve been stuck inside for a little while, many of us are starting to miss the natural world. While it isn’t quite the same as the real thing, we’ve been working hard to find new ways to bring the #OceanIndoors.

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Neist Point Lighthouse

Blog Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters – a celebration

20 Apr 2020

As well as 2020 being the twentieth birthday of MCS in Scotland, it’s also the year designated by VisitScotland as the country’s Year of Coasts and Waters.

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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 welcomes a new Chair of Trustees

22 May 2020

We’re delighted to welcome Amanda Nobbs as our new chair of Trustees. Concern for the environment has been a strong theme running through Amanda’s career, which has straddled the charity, public and private sectors. Now she’s focused on helping us ensure our overexploited ocean can recover.

Read More


Fishing boat

Blog From policy to plate: How the new Fisheries Bill affects the sustainability of your seafood

15 May 2020

The new Fisheries Bill – working its way through UK parliament right now – gives the UK an amazing opportunity to develop world-leading fisheries management with sustainability at its heart and deliver ocean-friendly seafood for consumers to enjoy.

Read More


Cramond GBBC 2019

News Success for Scottish seas: Scottish Parliament votes through Deposit Return Scheme

14 May 2020

Yesterday, after over five years of campaigning alongside all our supporters and partners, the Scottish Parliament voted through the final piece of legislation needed to put Scotland’s Deposit Return Scheme (DRS) into place.

Read More


Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

News New Ocean Ambassador, Fernando Montano, takes on the 2.6 Challenge

5 May 2020

Royal Ballet dancer, Fernando Montano, joins MCS as our newest Ocean Ambassador. Our Ocean Ambassadors are passionate about our marine environment and work alongside us to help the ocean be a better place for both wildlife and for people.

Read More


Fishing Boat

Blog Everything you need to know about the Fisheries Bill

5 May 2020

Alice Watson, Public Affairs Assistant at the Marine Conservation Society, discusses the Fisheries Bill and its key provisions.

Read More


 
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