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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Bournemouth Beach

News Bournemouth beach – best in UK says travel rating

Clare Fischer 22 Feb 2018

Bournemouth beach has been named the best in the UK by visitors to travel site TripAdvisor. It’s also been ranked fifth across the whole of Europe. Grace Bay, a Turks and Caicos resort in the Caribbean, was named the best beach in the world.

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Salmon Farm

News Over 21,000 salmon escape from fish farm, owners confirm

Clare Fischer 21 Feb 2018

A fish firm has lost nearly 22,000 salmon after a hole was found in one of its nets during routine checks. Grieg Seafoods said the escape was from cages anchored in Loch Snizort, near the Isle of Skye. MCS had hoped recent technical standards put in place for fish farm equipment would have signified the end of these large escape events.

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Plastic Bag underwater

News Ocean plastics - a violation of international law?

Clare Fischer 20 Feb 2018

MCS is attending a conference later where a report by veteran environment journalist Oliver Tickell will be launched saying littering the oceans is prohibited under existing laws. Tickell says that: “Amid all the hand-wringing over ocean plastic, the fact that it’s actually illegal has scarcely been mentioned.”

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Starfish

News Research reveals starfish 'dissolved' by carbon dioxide

Clare Fischer 19 Feb 2018

Scientists say bursts of carbon dioxide from industry and land run off could cause irreparable damage to marine ecosystems. Results of tests on Scotland’s west coast showed that calcified organisms such as the coralline algae and starfish were dissolving after short-term carbon dioxide exposure. .

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Riverclean

News Targeting the Thames in the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up series

Clare Fischer 15 Feb 2018

20 river cleans are planned as part of the MCS and Waitrose partnership over the next few months. We’ll be joining forces with leading waterways charity Thames21 in a pilot project to investigate the link between river and marine litter. Sign up today!

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HRH Coral Collaboration 2018

Blog Collaborating to save the corals

Jean-Luc Solandt 14 Feb 2018

MCS has been attending a meeting to discuss the future resilience of coral reefs in this, the third ‘International Year of the Reef’. MCS President, HRH Prince Charles, addressed the invited audience, saying the stakes are high and time short when it comes to coral reefs. Prince Harry, who has an interest in the issue, was also in attendance. MCS’ Dr Jean-Luc Solandt was there – read his blog.

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Live beachclean

Blog Stand by studio – we're beach cleaning on live radio

Lizzie Prior 6 Feb 2018

We’ve been beach cleaning live on the radio. Lizzie Prior, the MCS Beach and River Clean Project Officer, headed to the north west where she had a litter picker in one hand and mic in the other as she joined the Rossall Beach Buddies cleaning up Cleveleys.

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Pulse trawl

Blog A debate for science or emotion - or is it just too soon to legalise the widespread use of electricity to catch fish?

Samuel Stone 26 Jan 2018

The use of electricity in the marine environment is currently banned under EU technical regulations, but a series of derogations for scientific and data collection purposes have made it possible for (primarily) the Dutch to roll out the electric pulse fishing method on a large scale over the last decade.

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Blog What the 25 year plan says about our seas

Richard Harrington 15 Jan 2018

Much of the coverage of the Government’s 25 year plan to improve the natural environment has concentrated on how plastic pollution will be reduced. But the report also contained plans for fisheries, education and marine protection. Are those plans more ambitious or are they as vague as the plastic promises? MCS staff have been taking a look.

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Blog Village bans plastic straws after school campaign

Catherine Gemmell 21 Dec 2017

It was fantastic to hear from our Cool Seas Explorers at Sunnyside Primary that their amazing #NaeStrawAtAw campaign has succeeded in making Ullapool potentially the first plastic straw free village in the UK!

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Riverclean

Press Release Targeting the Thames in the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up series

15 Feb 2018

The UK’s leading marine charity, will be cleaning up river banks and recording the litter found for the first time, thanks to the support of one of the country’s leading supermarkets.

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Press Release Deposit returns will cut #wildbottlesightings

31 Jan 2018

We’ve handed our #wildbottlesightings report to Scotland’s Environment Cabinet Secretary. In less than two years we’ve received 6,000 reports of drinks bottles and cans littered all over Scotland’s rural, urban and coastal landscapes. Clear evidence that a deposit return system is needed.

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Press Release UK Government's plan for nature fails to deliver

Richard Harrington 11 Jan 2018

The Marine Conservation Society says today that Defra’s 25 year plan lacks ambition, urgency and coherence

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Coffee by the sea

Press Release ‘Cappuccino charge’ and ‘latte levy’ must just be stepping stones to a 100% of single use coffee cups being recycled

5 Jan 2018

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it welcomes the recommendations in a report out today from the Environmental Audit Committee calling for a ‘latte levy’ of 25p on disposable coffee cups with the revenue raised paying for improved recycling facilities.

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Plastic bottles

Press Release UK needs urgent action on plastic bottle waste, says new report by committee of MPs

Richard Harrington 22 Dec 2017

The Marine Conservation Society backs demands for Deposit Return Systems, as a Parliamentary Committee calls for Urgent Action on Plastic Waste

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Bournemouth Beach

News Bournemouth beach – best in UK says travel rating

Clare Fischer 22 Feb 2018

Bournemouth beach has been named the best in the UK by visitors to travel site TripAdvisor. It’s also been ranked fifth across the whole of Europe. Grace Bay, a Turks and Caicos resort in the Caribbean, was named the best beach in the world.

Read More


Salmon Farm

News Over 21,000 salmon escape from fish farm, owners confirm

Clare Fischer 21 Feb 2018

A fish firm has lost nearly 22,000 salmon after a hole was found in one of its nets during routine checks. Grieg Seafoods said the escape was from cages anchored in Loch Snizort, near the Isle of Skye. MCS had hoped recent technical standards put in place for fish farm equipment would have signified the end of these large escape events.

Read More


Plastic Bag underwater

News Ocean plastics - a violation of international law?

Clare Fischer 20 Feb 2018

MCS is attending a conference later where a report by veteran environment journalist Oliver Tickell will be launched saying littering the oceans is prohibited under existing laws. Tickell says that: “Amid all the hand-wringing over ocean plastic, the fact that it’s actually illegal has scarcely been mentioned.”

Read More


Starfish

News Research reveals starfish 'dissolved' by carbon dioxide

Clare Fischer 19 Feb 2018

Scientists say bursts of carbon dioxide from industry and land run off could cause irreparable damage to marine ecosystems. Results of tests on Scotland’s west coast showed that calcified organisms such as the coralline algae and starfish were dissolving after short-term carbon dioxide exposure. .

Read More


Riverclean

News Targeting the Thames in the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up series

Clare Fischer 15 Feb 2018

20 river cleans are planned as part of the MCS and Waitrose partnership over the next few months. We’ll be joining forces with leading waterways charity Thames21 in a pilot project to investigate the link between river and marine litter. Sign up today!

Read More