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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News Can beach cleans be good for your mental health?

Erin O'Neill 18 May 2018

The link between mental health and nature is one that is often discussed – it is well-known that people might go for a walk on the beach when they are feeling stressed, or go swimming in the sea to feel more at peace.

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News Single-use plastic campaign: an apology

18 May 2018

On 2 May 2018 we could not wait to launch our call to you all to contact the Treasury on the proposed plastic tax. We got a little bit too excited about it, and accidentally sent an email to some of our supporters who had not asked to be contacted by us in relation to news regarding campaigns, and who only wanted to hear from us about volunteering and beach cleans.

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News Taking a deposit return machine to the heart of Westminster

Jack O'Donovan 16 May 2018

MCS took a deposit return machine to Parliament today as part of an MP Drop-In Session to address plastic pollution.

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Brexit

News Watchdog formed to maintain environmental standards post Brexit

Jack O'Donovan 11 May 2018

Plans for a statutory watchdog ‘with teeth’ that will hold ministers publicly accountable on environmental standards during and after the Brexit transition, are proposed in consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

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News Wales set to tackle single-use plastic

Erin O'Neill 8 May 2018

The Welsh government are gearing up to tackle the throwaway plastic crisis, as Environment Minister Hannah Blythyn announces plans to reduce their plastic waste.

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News Will this be the end of wet wipes?

Jack O'Donovan 8 May 2018

Michael Gove’s crack down on plastic continues as wet wipes enter the focus of the Environment Secretary. News sources today have reported on the Secretary’s latest attack on plastic and highlighted the true trouble with wet wipes. Data from the Marine Conservation society (MCS) has revealed a 94% increase in wet wipes on UK beaches between 2016 and 2017. They are top of the league in personal hygiene products, but what do you do once you’ve finished with them?

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Blog Coasting it, one man's walk along 1600 miles of British coast

11 May 2018

Joshua Pedley, a 23-year old Waitrose partner is walking 1600 miles along the west coast of England and Wales from March to September 2018 to raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

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Blog A chef’s experience using the Good Fish Guide to make sustainable seafood choices

Erin O'Neill 4 May 2018

Chef Caroline Rye, The Urban Fishwife, tells us her experiences using MCS’ Good Fish Guide to make informed choices when buying fish.

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Blog Deposit returns - it's a new dawn for recycling in England

Sue Kinsey 28 Mar 2018

After years of campaigning, there is to be a deposit refund system (DRS) for England. This is fantastic news, but of course is only the first step in actually getting a system in place!

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Blog The challenges of fisheries management

Debbie Crockard 21 Mar 2018

We are currently going through the most significant legislative reform of the past 40 years; exactly how this will impact fisheries is unclear. There may be much to gain but also… so much to lose

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Blog Our Scotland Conservation Officer scoops award on International Women's Day

14 Mar 2018

MCS’ Catherine Gemmell has been recognised at the inaugural No.1 Magazine Amazing Woman Awards in Glasgow. The awards were a celebration of the fantastic strength and depth in talent, which women across Scotland possess from business to sport. Catherine received an Award of Special Thanks for her work on inspiring people across Scotland to care for their marine environment. Read her blog.

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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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Press Release Devon resorts aim to be plastic straw-free with support from UK's leading marine charity

21 May 2018

It could be the final straw soon for three Devon towns as they bid to make their businesses plastic straw free. Teignmouth, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren will host the Marine Conservation Society’s straw monster, to raise awareness of single-use plastic.

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Press Release Seaside Scavenge takes beach cleaning to new audience

Clare Fischer 8 May 2018

The Seaside Scavenge is being launched at Watergate Bay Beach, on Wednesday 30 May. The Cornish beach will become a trading station where beach cleaners can swap tokens for pre-loved items donated by the public to help bring the concept of the circular economy to life.

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Authors4oceans

Press Release UK authors come together to tackle ocean plastics

Jack O'Donovan 24 Apr 2018

50 of the UK’s best-known children’s authors and illustrators have joined forces to launch AUTHORS-4-OCEANS, a campaign to encourage both the book industry and young readers to ditch the plastic.

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Riverclean

Press Release Join marine and river charities as they clean up the Thames with supermarket staff

19 Apr 2018

Join marine and river charities as they clean up the Thames with supermarket staff. Marine Conservation Society and Thames21 invite volunteers to spruce up the river at Slough as part of Waitrose partnership. Members of the public are being urged to join staff from Waitrose as they help investigate the link between river and marine litter.

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Press Release Pilots to identify Scotland's marine litter hotspots, new project

Jack Versiani Holt 16 Apr 2018

The SCRAPbook project will take to the skies to find Scotland’s coastal and marine litter hotspots. Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography will see aerial photographs taken and fed into an online scrapbook for volunteers, communities, schools and individuals to direct beach clean up and survey activity.

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Langland Bay

Press Release Give Langland a litter free start to Spring

Clare Fischer 5 Apr 2018

After a battering from winter seas and winds, Langland Bay on the Gower needs help to get rid of the beach litter that has washed up or blown onto the shore in recent months.

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News Can beach cleans be good for your mental health?

Erin O'Neill 18 May 2018

The link between mental health and nature is one that is often discussed – it is well-known that people might go for a walk on the beach when they are feeling stressed, or go swimming in the sea to feel more at peace.

Read More


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News Single-use plastic campaign: an apology

18 May 2018

On 2 May 2018 we could not wait to launch our call to you all to contact the Treasury on the proposed plastic tax. We got a little bit too excited about it, and accidentally sent an email to some of our supporters who had not asked to be contacted by us in relation to news regarding campaigns, and who only wanted to hear from us about volunteering and beach cleans.

Read More


Gove DRS 2

News Taking a deposit return machine to the heart of Westminster

Jack O'Donovan 16 May 2018

MCS took a deposit return machine to Parliament today as part of an MP Drop-In Session to address plastic pollution.

Read More


Brexit

News Watchdog formed to maintain environmental standards post Brexit

Jack O'Donovan 11 May 2018

Plans for a statutory watchdog ‘with teeth’ that will hold ministers publicly accountable on environmental standards during and after the Brexit transition, are proposed in consultation by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Read More


coasting it

Blog Coasting it, one man's walk along 1600 miles of British coast

11 May 2018

Joshua Pedley, a 23-year old Waitrose partner is walking 1600 miles along the west coast of England and Wales from March to September 2018 to raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

Read More


 
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