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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Last year, over 300 Seasearch divers spent over 8 weeks surveying underwater

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MCS encourages people to visit the coast, learn about the marine environment and enjoy it and provides ways they can help to keep it healthy and productive into the future


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Shopping Aisle

News Research finds 40% of all 'eco-friendly' claims could be misleading consumers

15 Feb 2021

Buying ‘green’ products can be quite the minefield, especially if you pay extra for one that’s environmentally-friendly or sustainable… you want to know its money well spent!

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Water Waves

News A Pollution Timebomb Heading to the Coast

11 Feb 2021

When English rivers were recently tested the results were horrific: not one was free from chemical pollution. This sadly backed up our own research that persistent chemicals have to be better regulated – because we all know where the rivers end up

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News To flush or not to flush? The results are in from our wet wipe survey

10 Feb 2021

Late last year we surveyed the UK’s high street retailers to find out how they’re performing when it comes to testing, labelling and removing plastic from their own brand wet wipes and sanitary products. The results are in, and we found that most retailers are falling behind on all counts…

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OceanLitterQuest

News Young people have spoken: It’s time to take action on climate change

1 Feb 2021

People across the world have spoken up about their concern for climate change in a recent UN Global Climate Poll and the loudest voices have come from young people.

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News Environment Bill delayed: Deposit Return Scheme put on the back burner

26 Jan 2021

The government’s flagship Environment Bill will be delayed by at least six months, marking its third delay since 2018, and putting a new system for laws and ambitious targets for nature on hold.

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Curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) amongst a horse mussel bed (Modiolus modiolus) Shetland, Scotland, UK

News Marine unProtected Areas: What happens next?

19 Jan 2021

You’ve seen the report, but now what? We’re asking for your help in raising awareness of the importance of our seabed.

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Blog Discover the wonders of seagrass

23 Feb 2021

Join us on Mon 1st March for World Seagrass Day. We’ll be sharing all about the marvellous marine meadow habitats we have around the UK coast and explaining what we’re doing to help restore and protect them.

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Blog What can Parliamentarians do to put our ocean on a path to recovery?

3 Feb 2021

When it comes to decision making on environmental issues, ocean recovery hasn’t always made the cut. But there is reason for hope and Parliamentarians can really help to bring issues to the forefront and make ocean recovery happen.

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Seagrass Meadow

Blog Celebrating Seagrass this World Wetlands Day

1 Feb 2021

This World Wetland’s Day we’re celebrating one of the most powerful wetland habitats on this planet - seagrass! Seagrass is a flowering plant that lives underwater around the UK’s coast in shallow, sheltered areas.

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Wave Crashing

Blog Some Ocean Optimism for Blue Monday

15 Jan 2021

We’ve decided to flip ‘Blue Monday’ on its head and bring the #OceanIndoors for some much-needed Ocean Optimism this January. So, whether you’re after a calming dose of the big blue, some new recipes to try, a book to get lost in or new ways of entertaining little ones, read on.

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Oysters

Blog Five Festive Fish

18 Dec 2020

The Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only thing that’s green in your household this Christmas. As well as ditching the plastic straw with your Christmas cocktail, or using recycled paper to wrap presents, choosing sustainably sourced seafood can make for a truly ocean conscious Christmas. Here are five festive fish that are green-rated on the Good Fish Guide to add to your menu this Christmas.

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Blog More tips for a plastic-free Christmas

17 Dec 2020

As the festive period comes around again, we wanted to share some tips on how to avoid unnecessary plastic waste and instead how to help our oceans and beaches this Christmas time.

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Curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) amongst a horse mussel bed (Modiolus modiolus) Shetland, Scotland, UK

Press Release Climate solutions must include ban on bottom trawling in Marine Protected Areas, says Marine Conservation Society

7 Jan 2021

The charity’s report finds bottom trawling continues in UK’s protected seas

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Compass Jellyfish - Abercastle

Press Release How well do you know your jellies? Marine Conservation Society launches new quiz for jellyfish season

6 Aug 2020

As jellyfish season is well and truly upon us, you’re likely to see more jellyfish around UK shores. The Marine Conservation Society is once again calling on beachgoers to report jellyfish sightings on the charity’s website as part of its national Jellyfish Survey.

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fishing vessels

Press Release Cameras are key for truly sustainable British seafood, says Marine Conservation Society

23 Jun 2020

Marine charity is calling on the UK government to include a requirement for cameras in the new Fisheries Bill

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Seagrass Meadow

Press Release SAVE OUR SEAGRASS: The small but mighty plant which needs protecting

28 May 2020

The Marine Conservation Society is seeking public’s support to safeguard seagrass and fight ocean warming

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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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Blog Discover the wonders of seagrass

23 Feb 2021

Join us on Mon 1st March for World Seagrass Day. We’ll be sharing all about the marvellous marine meadow habitats we have around the UK coast and explaining what we’re doing to help restore and protect them.

Read More


Shopping Aisle

News Research finds 40% of all 'eco-friendly' claims could be misleading consumers

15 Feb 2021

Buying ‘green’ products can be quite the minefield, especially if you pay extra for one that’s environmentally-friendly or sustainable… you want to know its money well spent!

Read More


Water Waves

News A Pollution Timebomb Heading to the Coast

11 Feb 2021

When English rivers were recently tested the results were horrific: not one was free from chemical pollution. This sadly backed up our own research that persistent chemicals have to be better regulated – because we all know where the rivers end up

Read More


Wet Wipe FB

News To flush or not to flush? The results are in from our wet wipe survey

10 Feb 2021

Late last year we surveyed the UK’s high street retailers to find out how they’re performing when it comes to testing, labelling and removing plastic from their own brand wet wipes and sanitary products. The results are in, and we found that most retailers are falling behind on all counts…

Read More


Blog What can Parliamentarians do to put our ocean on a path to recovery?

3 Feb 2021

When it comes to decision making on environmental issues, ocean recovery hasn’t always made the cut. But there is reason for hope and Parliamentarians can really help to bring issues to the forefront and make ocean recovery happen.

Read More


 
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