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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To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’

6,500 fishing boats in the UK catch up to 150 different species, but most people in the UK only eat 5


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coral maldives

News Join our research in the Maldives and Oman

Jack O'Donovan 7 Dec 2018

Manta rays, whitetip reef sharks, and large swirling schools of snapper all frequent the coral filled waters of the Maldives below the vast shadows of whale sharks. Even humphead wrasse make an appearance. Our frequently surveyed site Rasdhoo Madivaru coral reef, is known to be the only Maldives location for scalloped hammerhead sharks (though we haven’t spotted them yet).

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Green Turtle swimming

News Microplastics present in all marine turtles examined in new study

Richard Harrington 6 Dec 2018

Researchers have found microplastic in the digestive systems of every turtle examined in a study. They say that, while the effects of the plastics are not known, they could harm turtles in several ways.

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Lords

News Sporting venues team up to show single-use plastics the red card

3 Dec 2018

A dozen sporting bodies and venues have met to look at ways to eliminate single-use plastic from their match-day and non-match day operations. Representatives from sports including tennis, football, cricket and athletics were at Lord’s to discuss the challenges, hear from sector trailblazers and look at how collaborations within the sector could result in single-use plastic free events.

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Scallop experiment

News Billions of nanoplastic particles seep into mollusc organs within six hours

Clare Fischer 3 Dec 2018

Shocking new research reveals how billions of tiny plastic particles become distributed throughout the major organs of an important marine mollusc after just six hours of exposure. This is yet more evidence that systems like deposit return schemes must be implemented, says MCS expert.

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Shoreham GBBC 2018

News Record breaking Great British Beach Clean and survey - results

Clare Fischer 29 Nov 2018

Our Great British Beach Clean 2018 was the biggest mass participation beach clean and survey event the UK has ever witnessed and re-emphasised the shocking amounts of plastic litter on UK beaches. Plus, with an average of 16 glass and plastic bottles and drinks cans found per every 100 metres of beach surveyed, shows the need for a comprehensive Deposit Return System in the UK.

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News 12 tips for a plastic-free Christmas

Kate Wilson 27 Nov 2018

Start your New Year’s Resolutions this side of the festive season and follow these 12 tips for a plastic-free Christmas!

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DRS Bottle Art

Blog Household rubbish recycling virtually stagnant

Sue Kinsey 12 Dec 2018

New figures show levels of household rubbish being recycled in England have virtually stalled, making the UK unlikely to meet targets on recycling by 2020. It’s time to rethink how we view rubbish by giving it a value says MCS pollution expert.

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Team Status Row

Blog Status Row - trio leave Canaries bound for Antigua

11 Dec 2018

Three women are set to become only the second all-female trio crew to row across the Atlantic. They’re taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest row. The trio will be raising funds for MCS and awareness of plastic pollution. The crew have just left La Gomera to cheers from supporters.

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plastic pumpkin full of plastic wrappers

Blog Halloween – the scary part is how much waste we produce

18 Oct 2018

It’s almost that time to either don your vampire cape, or turn off all your lights and pretend you aren’t home! The 31st of October marks the annual Halloween celebration, loved by some and feared by many. But the scariest part is how much waste we produce

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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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Team Status Row

Press Release Three women, a boat, the Atlantic and whole load of plastic

11 Dec 2018

Team Status Row take on the world’s toughest row to increase awareness of plastic pollution, raising funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

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Lords

Press Release Prestigious UK sporting venues and clubs come together to tackle single-use plastic pollution

4 Dec 2018

A meeting organised by the British Association for Sustainable Sport, the Marine Conservation Society and the #OneLess campaign gathered senior figures from leading sports venues, clubs and events to address the issue of single-use plastics and explore ways to reduce them from their venues and events.

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Swansea beachclean

Press Release Record numbers clean up in 25th Great British Beach Clean around Welsh coasts

29 Nov 2018

Over 1,300 volunteers in Wales have taken part in this year’s Great British Beach Clean, organised by the Marine Conservation Society. The charity has published the event’s report online and not only does it show record breaking volunteer and beach event numbers it also re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on UK beaches.

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Crammond GBBC2018

Press Release Record numbers clean up in Scotland’s 25th Great British Beach Clean

29 Nov 2018

The charity has published the event’s report online which re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on Scottish beaches. Volunteers removed 2,503kg of litter across the Scottish coastline.

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Shoreham GBBC 2018

Press Release Record numbers clean up in 25th Great British Beach Clean

Clare Fischer 29 Nov 2018

The charity has published the event’s report online and not only does it show record breaking volunteer and beach event numbers it also re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on UK beaches.

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JL Maldives DIve

Press Release Calling all divers - competition prize will help conserve reefs

7 Nov 2018

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Biosphere Expeditions, in partnership with Reef Check, is offering a free place on an expedition to dive and observe some of the most fabulous reefs in the world.

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DRS Bottle Art

Blog Household rubbish recycling virtually stagnant

Sue Kinsey 12 Dec 2018

New figures show levels of household rubbish being recycled in England have virtually stalled, making the UK unlikely to meet targets on recycling by 2020. It’s time to rethink how we view rubbish by giving it a value says MCS pollution expert.

Read More


Team Status Row

Blog Status Row - trio leave Canaries bound for Antigua

11 Dec 2018

Three women are set to become only the second all-female trio crew to row across the Atlantic. They’re taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest row. The trio will be raising funds for MCS and awareness of plastic pollution. The crew have just left La Gomera to cheers from supporters.

Read More


coral maldives

News Join our research in the Maldives and Oman

Jack O'Donovan 7 Dec 2018

Manta rays, whitetip reef sharks, and large swirling schools of snapper all frequent the coral filled waters of the Maldives below the vast shadows of whale sharks. Even humphead wrasse make an appearance. Our frequently surveyed site Rasdhoo Madivaru coral reef, is known to be the only Maldives location for scalloped hammerhead sharks (though we haven’t spotted them yet).

Read More


Green Turtle swimming

News Microplastics present in all marine turtles examined in new study

Richard Harrington 6 Dec 2018

Researchers have found microplastic in the digestive systems of every turtle examined in a study. They say that, while the effects of the plastics are not known, they could harm turtles in several ways.

Read More


Lords

News Sporting venues team up to show single-use plastics the red card

3 Dec 2018

A dozen sporting bodies and venues have met to look at ways to eliminate single-use plastic from their match-day and non-match day operations. Representatives from sports including tennis, football, cricket and athletics were at Lord’s to discuss the challenges, hear from sector trailblazers and look at how collaborations within the sector could result in single-use plastic free events.

Read More


 
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