The Marine Conservation Society is the UK’s leading marine charity. We work to ensure our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected.

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Bottles for Change Wave

News MCS tells leading supermarkets – don't de-rail ‘all-in’ DRS

Clare Fischer 18 Apr 2019

Sandy Luk, CEO of MCS, has told the heads of the UK’s top ten supermarkets that they must support a comprehensive ‘all in’ Deposit Return Scheme for drinks bottles and cans and warns ministers not to give in to behind-the-scenes lobbying, which could be a death sentence for marine life. Her warning comes as MCS launches its #BottlesforChange campaign.

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1988 Coke Can

News Olympic find at Cramond clean

Clare Fischer 11 Apr 2019

Over 100 wet wipes were picked up by MCS volunteer beach cleaners from a 100m stretch of Cramond beach near Edinburgh. But one of the most startling finds was a Coca Cola can from 1988 – supporting the Olympics, held that year in Seoul, South Korea.

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Compass Jellyfish - Abercastle

News Plans to protect at least 30% of international waters revealed

Clare Fischer 4 Apr 2019

A network of marine reserves could be rolled out across the high seas to protect wildlife hotspots and save species from extinction says a new report. Protection for 30% of international is a target scientists say is needed to conserve wildlife and tackle climate change.

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Kelp in hand

News Helping children sea-weed differently

Clare Fischer 4 Apr 2019

MCS has created a programme to bring a vital, yet often overlooked and misunderstood part of our coast to life for seven to eleven-year olds. Seaweed is so much more than slippery, slimy, smelly stuff.

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Plastic straws found on beachclean

News Single-use plastics ban across EU member states by 2021

Clare Fischer 28 Mar 2019

The European parliament has approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks. Member states must also reach a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029, and plastic bottles will have to contain at least 25% of recycled content by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

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cuviers beaked whale

News Military sonar affects whales even at long distance, study finds

Jack O'Donovan 22 Mar 2019

Sonar technology used in British military activities is shown to have a clear and sudden impact on beaked whales over 25 miles away from its source.

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Caribbean Reef Sharks

Blog Blue Planet Live – sharks, snot and sea turtles

Clare Fischer 25 Mar 2019

The BBC’s Blue Planet Live (BBC1 Sunday 24th March 8pm) is an ambitious week of programming looking at all aspects of our oceans and the work being done by scientists worldwide, to secure the future of some of our most iconic marine creatures. We look back at some of the breath-taking highlights of the first programme.

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Coral in Scotland

Blog We need a Scottish Environment Act to help deliver thriving seas

Calum Duncan 22 Mar 2019

Did you know that one in 11 species in Scotland is at risk of extinction? Environment and conservation are devolved issues and right now the Scottish Government is seeking views on the future of environmental protections in Scotland.

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Fishing

Blog New fisheries minister - more than just goodwill will be needed in a sea of challenges

15 Mar 2019

MCS Fisheries Policy Officer, Debbie Crockard, reflects on the choppy waters surrounding the new Fisheries Minister, Robert Goodwill, as the House of Lords attacks unsustainable fishing levels in the EU.

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Blog MCS making waves at International Marine Conference

Catherine Gemmell 22 Feb 2019

What a week! From Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posting our inflatable Leatherback Turtle on Instagram, to HRH Prince Charles encouraging everyone to take part in the Great British Beach Clean in a key note address, it was fantastic to see the recognition of MCS and our incredible volunteers at Scotland’s first International Marine Conference.

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Fishing boats dock

Blog Wales and the UK Fisheries Bill - what's needed for sustainable fishing

20 Feb 2019

Fisheries management is never straight forward – particularly for the many mixed fisheries in Wales. But post–Brexit, we should be able to build on what we already have as part of the EU says MCS leads on fisheries and Wales, Sam Stone and Gill Bell.

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Salmon & Trout Conservation Graphic

Blog Plastic pathways – the dramatic journey from source to sea

11 Feb 2019

Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: microplastics and plastic pollution. Read a fascinating blog from Salmon and Trout Conservation.

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Cyrus Todiwala

Press Release Cyrus Todiwala becomes an Ocean Ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society

20 Mar 2019

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it’s delighted to welcome celebrity chef, Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, as the charity’s latest Ocean Ambassador.

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Fishing Boats at sunrise

Press Release No UK fisheries go ‘green’ in latest Good Fish Guide ratings

15 Mar 2019

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it is disappointed that not one single UK fishery has moved off its Good Fish Guide ‘Fish to Avoid’ list in its most recent ratings update.

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David Melding Wales DRS

Press Release Assembly Members try out deposit return machine

30 Jan 2019

Wales’ leading marine charity has taken a deposit return machine into the Senedd to give Assembly Members the opportunity to see how a deposit return scheme (DRS) could work.

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Fish & Chip Awards 2019

Press Release Cornish fish and chip shop batters the competition for the best sustainable fish supper

25 Jan 2019

Penzance-based Frasers Fish and Chips, won the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)-sponsored Good Catch Award.

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Press Release MCS response to Resources and Waste Strategy

18 Dec 2018

Dr Chris Tuckett, Director of Programmes at the Marine Conservation Society, comments on the Resources and Waste Strategy announced today by DEFRA.

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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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Bottles for Change Wave

News MCS tells leading supermarkets – don't de-rail ‘all-in’ DRS

Clare Fischer 18 Apr 2019

Sandy Luk, CEO of MCS, has told the heads of the UK’s top ten supermarkets that they must support a comprehensive ‘all in’ Deposit Return Scheme for drinks bottles and cans and warns ministers not to give in to behind-the-scenes lobbying, which could be a death sentence for marine life. Her warning comes as MCS launches its #BottlesforChange campaign.

Read More


1988 Coke Can

News Olympic find at Cramond clean

Clare Fischer 11 Apr 2019

Over 100 wet wipes were picked up by MCS volunteer beach cleaners from a 100m stretch of Cramond beach near Edinburgh. But one of the most startling finds was a Coca Cola can from 1988 – supporting the Olympics, held that year in Seoul, South Korea.

Read More


Compass Jellyfish - Abercastle

News Plans to protect at least 30% of international waters revealed

Clare Fischer 4 Apr 2019

A network of marine reserves could be rolled out across the high seas to protect wildlife hotspots and save species from extinction says a new report. Protection for 30% of international is a target scientists say is needed to conserve wildlife and tackle climate change.

Read More


Kelp in hand

News Helping children sea-weed differently

Clare Fischer 4 Apr 2019

MCS has created a programme to bring a vital, yet often overlooked and misunderstood part of our coast to life for seven to eleven-year olds. Seaweed is so much more than slippery, slimy, smelly stuff.

Read More


Plastic straws found on beachclean

News Single-use plastics ban across EU member states by 2021

Clare Fischer 28 Mar 2019

The European parliament has approved a new law banning single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws and cotton buds sticks. Member states must also reach a 90% collection target for plastic bottles by 2029, and plastic bottles will have to contain at least 25% of recycled content by 2025 and 30% by 2030.

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