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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21 species of shark live in UK waters throughout the year

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UK Seas provide us with resources from fish to renewable marine energy


Sustainable seafood
The latest advice, top tips and recipes for buying and cooking fish that is sustainably sourced.


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Discover our wildlife
and report your sightings
Use our guide to find out more about our marine wildlife and where it lives.


Shop
Our shop is full of lots of beautiful products, ideal for gifts or for yourself.


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Take up a challenge
Take part in one of our challenges or fundraising events.


 
 
 
 

Our Latest…

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News MCS gives evidence to Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into single-use drinks cups and bottles

Clare Fischer 18 Oct 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee has relaunched its predecessor’s inquiry into disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles. The general election was called before the previous Committee could complete its inquiry.

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News Sex in the sediment

Clare Fischer 13 Oct 2017

We’re on a mission to discover more about the love life of the lugworm, whose opportunities to mate are few and far between.

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News A minion and a tiny toy lorry - winners in our beach litter photo competition

Jack Versiani Holt 12 Oct 2017

During this year’s Great British Beach Clean event, we threw down the gauntlet to our volunteer beach cleaners to come up with some fantastic pictures of their weird finds.

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Blog Reef Check Maldives – why the concern from 'outsiders'?

Jean-Luc Solandt 6 Oct 2017

Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, expedition scientist for Biosphere Expeditions Maldives, Reef Check Co-ordionator for the Maldives and MCS Marine Protected Areas Specialist explains why Reef Check Maldives is so important for the country.

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Blog Getting seaweed savvy with the Big Seaweed Search

Jules Agate 8 Sep 2017

Our South West Volunteer Manager Jules Agate has been seeing seaweeds in a new light with the Big Seaweed Search (BSS). Read on to find out all about her macro algae adventures!

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Blog Choosing sustainable seafood

Rajina Gurung 6 Sep 2017

with Mike King

Do you love eating seafood but aren’t sure if what you’re eating is sustainable…

We asked chef Mike King, one of Compass Group UK & Ireland’s expert culinary team, for his top tips on how to choose the best seafood.

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Press Release There may be bigger fish to fry, but now small sprat are big on sustainability!

6 Oct 2017

Marine Conservation Society gives these hardy little fish from the Baltic a green Good Fish Guide rating

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Press Release Big support for coffee cup charges in Scotland

4 Oct 2017

New poll suggest over 70% would happily pay deposit on single-use takeaway cups

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Press Release Environment Minister Joins Volunteers Armed With Litter Pickers For The Great British Beach Clean At Aldeburgh

16 Sep 2017

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), was joined by the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey at Aldeburgh beach today when she took part in the charity’s Great British Beach Clean.

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Bottle_Beach

News MCS gives evidence to Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into single-use drinks cups and bottles

Clare Fischer 18 Oct 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee has relaunched its predecessor’s inquiry into disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles. The general election was called before the previous Committee could complete its inquiry.

Read More


News Sex in the sediment

Clare Fischer 13 Oct 2017

We’re on a mission to discover more about the love life of the lugworm, whose opportunities to mate are few and far between.

Read More


News A minion and a tiny toy lorry - winners in our beach litter photo competition

Jack Versiani Holt 12 Oct 2017

During this year’s Great British Beach Clean event, we threw down the gauntlet to our volunteer beach cleaners to come up with some fantastic pictures of their weird finds.

Read More


Blog Reef Check Maldives – why the concern from 'outsiders'?

Jean-Luc Solandt 6 Oct 2017

Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, expedition scientist for Biosphere Expeditions Maldives, Reef Check Co-ordionator for the Maldives and MCS Marine Protected Areas Specialist explains why Reef Check Maldives is so important for the country.

Read More


Blog Getting seaweed savvy with the Big Seaweed Search

Jules Agate 8 Sep 2017

Our South West Volunteer Manager Jules Agate has been seeing seaweeds in a new light with the Big Seaweed Search (BSS). Read on to find out all about her macro algae adventures!

Read More