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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Over the last century, we have lost around 90% of the biggest predatory oceanic fish, such as tuna, swordfish and sharks

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Today sees the launch of the latest update to our Good Fish Guide sustainable seafood ratings. The update sees a number of new ratings being added to the list, representing even more of the seafood that is caught, farmed and eaten in the UK.

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Who said corals can’t be fun? Here are 6 fun facts you (probably) didn’t know about corals.

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News Research finds 40% of all 'eco-friendly' claims could be misleading consumers

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Buying ‘green’ products can be quite the minefield, especially if you pay extra for one that’s environmentally-friendly or sustainable… you want to know its money well spent!

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When English rivers were recently tested the results were horrific: not one was free from chemical pollution. This sadly backed up our own research that persistent chemicals have to be better regulated – because we all know where the rivers end up

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We promised to come back to those of you who asked us questions after watching Seaspiracy. Our team has responded to some follow-up questions, we hope they’re useful.

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Blog Marine Protected Area expansion in the Cayman Islands

1 Apr 2021

Local conservationists celebrate success as government signs off laws to expand protected zones.

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Blog Seaspiracy: a sea of questions, with answers from our experts

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Written by Gareth Cunningham, Head of Fisheries and Aquaculture

We knew that the recent film, Seaspiracy, would raise questions about our ocean and how to protect it. That’s why we prompted you to ask us questions – and promised answers. I’ll be back later this week with more specific answers to individuals’ questions, but for now wanted to say the below.

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Blog Simple actions to take a stand for our seas - right now

12 Mar 2021

We’re facing a nature and climate emergency and we need your help to save our seas from pollution, mismanagement and overfishing. No matter where you live in the UK, there are plenty of ways that you can help.

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10 Mar 2021

We all wear clothes which means we have the power to stop microfibres getting into the ocean, just by doing some simple things at home.

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Blog Speak up for Welsh seas this World Wildlife Day

3 Mar 2021

With just two months to go until the Senedd’s election, we’re calling for Welsh ocean enthusiasts to speak up for our seas this World Wildlife Day (March 3)

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Press Release Climate solutions must include ban on bottom trawling in Marine Protected Areas, says Marine Conservation Society

7 Jan 2021

The charity’s report finds bottom trawling continues in UK’s protected seas

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Press Release How well do you know your jellies? Marine Conservation Society launches new quiz for jellyfish season

6 Aug 2020

As jellyfish season is well and truly upon us, you’re likely to see more jellyfish around UK shores. The Marine Conservation Society is once again calling on beachgoers to report jellyfish sightings on the charity’s website as part of its national Jellyfish Survey.

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Press Release Cameras are key for truly sustainable British seafood, says Marine Conservation Society

23 Jun 2020

Marine charity is calling on the UK government to include a requirement for cameras in the new Fisheries Bill

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Press Release SAVE OUR SEAGRASS: The small but mighty plant which needs protecting

28 May 2020

The Marine Conservation Society is seeking public’s support to safeguard seagrass and fight ocean warming

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Press Release Sign up to tackle the UK’s beach litter in the biggest beach clean ever

23 Jul 2019

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is looking for thousands of volunteers to clean up the nation’s beaches during this year’s Great British Beach Clean event (20th -23rd September).

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Press Release MCS Welcomes Marine Protection Review

10 Jun 2019

MCS welcomes the Environment Secretary’s decision to launch an independent review to consider whether Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) would add further protections to the seas around England and Northern Ireland.

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We promised to come back to those of you who asked us questions after watching Seaspiracy. Our team has responded to some follow-up questions, we hope they’re useful.

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A unique purple sea sponge, discovered over a decade ago off the coast of Norfolk, has finally been named thanks to a nine-year-old school girl called Sylvie.

Read More


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1 Apr 2021

Local conservationists celebrate success as government signs off laws to expand protected zones.

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We knew that the recent film, Seaspiracy, would raise questions about our ocean and how to protect it. That’s why we prompted you to ask us questions – and promised answers. I’ll be back later this week with more specific answers to individuals’ questions, but for now wanted to say the below.

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