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.


Over 3,000 sq km of our seabed is now protected from bottom-towed gear

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News In-depth investigation reveals wipes flushed down toilets are causing serious problems to in UK sewers

Clare Fischer 13 Dec 2017

A new report by Water UK, the membership body for UK water providers, reveals wipes made up around 93% of the material causing the sewer blockages which the study investigated. A high proportion are baby wipes which are designed not to be flushed. MCS says this backs up our call for only putting the 3Ps down the loo - pee, poo and paper.

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News 'Six pack' holders and discarded fishing gear - guilty of killing marine turtles according to new research

Clare Fischer 12 Dec 2017

The rise in plastic refuse in the ocean and on beaches is killing turtles of all species, with a disproportionate impact on hatchlings and young turtles, according to new research by the University of Exeter.

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News No long transition on fishing rights post Brexit says fishers leaders

Clare Fischer 11 Dec 2017

The leader of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has said a ‘bridge’ of no more than nine months is required to protect fishing interests as Britain leaves the EU, whilst MCS says that regardless of the length of the transition period, there’s a huge amount of work to be done to replace the work of numerous EU bodies

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News A sad story about turtles and plastic bags

Kate Wilson 11 Dec 2017

Our supporter Saeed Rashid’s visit to the Red Sea uncovered the sad truth about what plastic bags can do when they get into the sea.

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News 12 tips for a plastic-free Christmas

Kate Wilson 8 Dec 2017

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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Blog Our Sunday nights may never be the same – so now it's time to spread the Blue Planet II message 24/7

Clare Fischer 11 Dec 2017

When the closing credits of Blue Planet II rolled, if it hadn’t been so cold I’d have opened my window listened to the collective wailing and gnashing of teeth from all corners of the country, nay the globe - streaming the programme slowed down the Chinese interweb! - as one of the most memorable pieces of television came to an end.

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Blog Blue Planet 2 has surfaced!

Richard Harrington 29 Oct 2017

So, we’ve all taken a collective deep breath, and episode one of the BBC Blue Planet 2 series has come to the surface. After 6,000 hours of filming underwater, and 1,500 days on location in waters of at least 37 different countries, expectations have been running high. All BBC channels have been building up to the series launch. Radiohead contributed to the soundtrack. How much bigger could a nature series be? Does the series deliver what it has promised?

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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 Fife marine conservation volunteer on a mission to stop people putting the wrong stuff down the loo

Clare Fischer 13 Nov 2017

Take the 3P Pledge and put only pee, poo and paper down the pan, says Jo!

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Press Release Seahorse show stopper to grace 'Cake International'

Clare Fischer 3 Nov 2017

Cornish cake company creation will be cut up to raise funds for Marine Conservation Society

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Press Release Marine Conservation Society launches colourful cartoons to highlight coastal poo-llution issues

2 Nov 2017

The UK’s leading marine conservation charity has launched a campaign to highlight how little things we do in our daily lives – often miles away from the coast – can have a massive effect on the quality of our coastal waters.

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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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News In-depth investigation reveals wipes flushed down toilets are causing serious problems to in UK sewers

Clare Fischer 13 Dec 2017

A new report by Water UK, the membership body for UK water providers, reveals wipes made up around 93% of the material causing the sewer blockages which the study investigated. A high proportion are baby wipes which are designed not to be flushed. MCS says this backs up our call for only putting the 3Ps down the loo - pee, poo and paper.

Read More


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News 'Six pack' holders and discarded fishing gear - guilty of killing marine turtles according to new research

Clare Fischer 12 Dec 2017

The rise in plastic refuse in the ocean and on beaches is killing turtles of all species, with a disproportionate impact on hatchlings and young turtles, according to new research by the University of Exeter.

Read More


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News No long transition on fishing rights post Brexit says fishers leaders

Clare Fischer 11 Dec 2017

The leader of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has said a ‘bridge’ of no more than nine months is required to protect fishing interests as Britain leaves the EU, whilst MCS says that regardless of the length of the transition period, there’s a huge amount of work to be done to replace the work of numerous EU bodies

Read More


Orca_Breach_Main

Blog Our Sunday nights may never be the same – so now it's time to spread the Blue Planet II message 24/7

Clare Fischer 11 Dec 2017

When the closing credits of Blue Planet II rolled, if it hadn’t been so cold I’d have opened my window listened to the collective wailing and gnashing of teeth from all corners of the country, nay the globe - streaming the programme slowed down the Chinese interweb! - as one of the most memorable pieces of television came to an end.

Read More


turtle eating plastic bag

News A sad story about turtles and plastic bags

Kate Wilson 11 Dec 2017

Our supporter Saeed Rashid’s visit to the Red Sea uncovered the sad truth about what plastic bags can do when they get into the sea.

Read More