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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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Velvet Swimming Crab

News Vote to protect Scotland's kelp today a victory for people power

Jack O'Donovan 21 Nov 2018

During the final stage of the Crown Estate (Scotland) Bill progressing through the Scottish Parliament today, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) voted to ban the removal of entire kelp plants from Crown Estate seabed for commercial use. However concerns were raised over the legitimate level of protection due to the lack of definition of the term ‘commercial use’ and the loosely defined nature of the amendments put forward.

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Kelp

News Proposals to dredge Scottish kelp forests would be conservation calamity

Clare Fischer 20 Nov 2018

MCS and other Scottish conservationists are outraged by plans to dredge kelp forests off the country’s coast. It’s not the only problem facing kelp, as new research says kelp forests in the UK and further afield will function differently as waters warm.

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Bournemouth Beach

News 97.9% of English bathing waters meet minimum water quality standards

Clare Fischer, Rachel Wyatt 19 Nov 2018

The latest results on the state of English coastal and inland bathing waters reveals 281 out of 420 tested have reached the ‘excellent’ standard of the Bathing Water Directive, whilst just nine have been labelled ‘poor’.

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Wet Wipe on Pebbles

News Wetwipes are flushable? No they're not!

13 Nov 2018

New research, commissioned by the water industry but carried out independently, puts paid to the notion that wetwipes can be flushed down the loo. The findings show that, despite many wipes on supermarket shelves being commonly labelled and sold as flushable, their claims of flushability are misleading the public. All wet wipes sold as “flushable” in the UK have so far failed the water industry’s disintegration tests.

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Plastic bottle pile

News Single-use. Is the 2018 word of the year the new taboo?

Clare Fischer 7 Nov 2018

An independent study has found that nearly six in 10 Brits believe single-use plastic will become socially unacceptable by 2021. It’s no surprise as ‘single-use’ is the Collins Word of the Year – but 64% of those questioned say they still buy or accept single-use plastics multiple times a week.

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Farmed_Salmon

News Salmon farms could face closure under strict new rules

Clare Fischer 7 Nov 2018

Medicines used at Scottish salmon farms are more widely spread around sites than had previously been found and are having a significant impact on marine environment. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency says tighter regulations to protect marine life are needed – something MCS has been calling for, for some time.

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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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Blog Flushed without success

21 Sep 2018

A national survey has discovered that the flushing habits of the UK public are nothing short of astounding – and not in a good way. At least one in four people in the UK pour cooking oil down the drain, whilst, according to UKDN Waterflow, three percent questioned said they’d given their hamster a burial at sea by sending them round the u-bend.

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Blog The latte levy: fighting single-use plastic cups

11 Sep 2018

You may have heard the term latte levy and wondered what it means- we explain what it’s all about and why it’s such a hot topic.

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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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Press Release New fish finger guide reveals that some brands are more sustainable than fresh fish

2 Nov 2018

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), says the sustainability of the nation’s favourite entry level fish product – the fish finger – isn’t as bad as may be imagined. The majority of fish in 48 retail own-brand and branded fingers it investigated came from sustainable green rated ‘Best Choice’ sources when the charity’s Good Fish Guide ratings were applied to the fish ingredient*

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Pocket Good Fish Guide 2018

Press Release There’s always a catch when it comes to sustainable seafood

4 Oct 2018

The Marine Conservation Society publishes its latest seafood ratings today. MCS says the key to making the right seafood choices is understanding what it is, where it is from and how it is caught or farmed, and using the Good Fish Guide website, app and pocket guide.

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Budleigh Salterton Waitrose Clean

Press Release Helpers flock to the aid of 25th national coastal clean up

18 Sep 2018

Well over 1,000 people took part around Wales over the weekend at this year’s Great British Beach Clean, at 60 different beaches spread all around the coast.

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Ward Thomas

Press Release Taking country to the beach

10 Sep 2018

Chart-topping country duo, Ward Thomas, will be putting down their guitars and grabbing a pair of litter pickers to help clean up two beaches on the south coast as part of Great British Beach Clean.

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Gwithian Beachclean

Press Release Call for beach lovers to join 25th annual coastal clean up

7 Sep 2018

A clean-up is being run at Gwithian beach on Saturday 15th September 2018, at 12:30pm, and the Marine Conservation Society says volunteers are needed to help clean and take part.

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Velvet Swimming Crab

News Vote to protect Scotland's kelp today a victory for people power

Jack O'Donovan 21 Nov 2018

During the final stage of the Crown Estate (Scotland) Bill progressing through the Scottish Parliament today, Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) voted to ban the removal of entire kelp plants from Crown Estate seabed for commercial use. However concerns were raised over the legitimate level of protection due to the lack of definition of the term ‘commercial use’ and the loosely defined nature of the amendments put forward.

Read More


Kelp

News Proposals to dredge Scottish kelp forests would be conservation calamity

Clare Fischer 20 Nov 2018

MCS and other Scottish conservationists are outraged by plans to dredge kelp forests off the country’s coast. It’s not the only problem facing kelp, as new research says kelp forests in the UK and further afield will function differently as waters warm.

Read More


Bournemouth Beach

News 97.9% of English bathing waters meet minimum water quality standards

Clare Fischer, Rachel Wyatt 19 Nov 2018

The latest results on the state of English coastal and inland bathing waters reveals 281 out of 420 tested have reached the ‘excellent’ standard of the Bathing Water Directive, whilst just nine have been labelled ‘poor’.

Read More


Wet Wipe on Pebbles

News Wetwipes are flushable? No they're not!

13 Nov 2018

New research, commissioned by the water industry but carried out independently, puts paid to the notion that wetwipes can be flushed down the loo. The findings show that, despite many wipes on supermarket shelves being commonly labelled and sold as flushable, their claims of flushability are misleading the public. All wet wipes sold as “flushable” in the UK have so far failed the water industry’s disintegration tests.

Read More


Plastic bottle pile

News Single-use. Is the 2018 word of the year the new taboo?

Clare Fischer 7 Nov 2018

An independent study has found that nearly six in 10 Brits believe single-use plastic will become socially unacceptable by 2021. It’s no surprise as ‘single-use’ is the Collins Word of the Year – but 64% of those questioned say they still buy or accept single-use plastics multiple times a week.

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