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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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Flameshell exposed on top of Loch Carron's seabed

News Damaged Scottish reef gets permanent protection

Clare Fischer 20 May 2019

Loch Carron on Scotland’s north west coast has been granted permanent Marine Protected Area’ status. Its flameshell and maerl beds will now be allowed to recover after scallop dredging damaged the area in 2017. MCS hopes this will be a springboard to urgently needed improvements to fisheries management and protection of all Scotland’s inshore waters.

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Bottles on beach

News Overwhelming support for Bottles For Change

14 May 2019

The 12-week consultation on the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has now closed and our Bottles For Change campaign gathered tremendous public support to introduce the best system possible.

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Kittiwake

News Ocean policy promises hit rough seas

10 May 2019

The UK’s failure to protect and restore our seas has been condemned by Environment Links UK, a major coalition of conservation and environmental groups, including the Marine Conservation Society.

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Bottles recycled

News Scotland announces all-in DRS as MCS urges Gove and Welsh Government to follow suit

Clare Fischer 8 May 2019

The Scottish Government has confirmed the country’s Deposit Return Scheme will include glass, cans and some plastic containers - tetrapaks and pouches aren’t initially included. MCS has called on Michael Gove to introduce the same in England and urged Welsh Local Authorities not to resist a similar scheme

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Cromer Shoals school survey

News Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds inspires classroom learning

Clare Fischer 2 May 2019

Norfolk’s Marine Conservation Zone has been brought to life with salty tales and beach trips for a nearby primary school. As part of the MCS led Agents of Change project, fishermen visited the school, whilst the pupils carried out beach cleaning and lug worm digging - all within a stones throw of Europe’s most extensive chalk reef.

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Bottles for Change

News Overwhelming Scottish support for glass bottle returns

Clare Fischer 27 Apr 2019

A poll for MCS has revealed that people in Scotland want to see glass bottles included in a Deposit Return Scheme even more than plastic ones. Some sections of UK industry have been resisting the inclusion of glass bottles. MCS says ministers must listen to consumers instead of those in industry with vested interests.

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Susie Rodgers Profile

Blog Mental Health and the Sea

18 May 2019

To mark Mental Health Awareness week, MCS Ocean Ambassador and Paralympic Gold Medalist Susie Rodgers MBE, talks to us about what the sea means to her and how her connection to the ocean has helped her through some of the toughest times in her life.

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Caribbean Reef Sharks

Blog Blue Planet Live – sharks, snot and sea turtles

Clare Fischer 25 Mar 2019

The BBC’s Blue Planet Live (BBC1 Sunday 24th March 8pm) is an ambitious week of programming looking at all aspects of our oceans and the work being done by scientists worldwide, to secure the future of some of our most iconic marine creatures. We look back at some of the breath-taking highlights of the first programme.

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Coral in Scotland

Blog We need a Scottish Environment Act to help deliver thriving seas

Calum Duncan 22 Mar 2019

Did you know that one in 11 species in Scotland is at risk of extinction? Environment and conservation are devolved issues and right now the Scottish Government is seeking views on the future of environmental protections in Scotland.

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Fishing

Blog New fisheries minister - more than just goodwill will be needed in a sea of challenges

15 Mar 2019

MCS Fisheries Policy Officer, Debbie Crockard, reflects on the choppy waters surrounding the new Fisheries Minister, Robert Goodwill, as the House of Lords attacks unsustainable fishing levels in the EU.

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Blog MCS making waves at International Marine Conference

Catherine Gemmell 22 Feb 2019

What a week! From Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posting our inflatable Leatherback Turtle on Instagram, to HRH Prince Charles encouraging everyone to take part in the Great British Beach Clean in a key note address, it was fantastic to see the recognition of MCS and our incredible volunteers at Scotland’s first International Marine Conference.

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Fishing boats dock

Blog Wales and the UK Fisheries Bill - what's needed for sustainable fishing

20 Feb 2019

Fisheries management is never straight forward – particularly for the many mixed fisheries in Wales. But post–Brexit, we should be able to build on what we already have as part of the EU says MCS leads on fisheries and Wales, Sam Stone and Gill Bell.

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Bottles recycled

Press Release Marine Conservation Society warns Welsh Local Authorities not to fail future generations by resisting Deposit Return Scheme

8 May 2019

The Marine Conservation Society has warned Welsh Local Authorities and elements within government that they will be failing young people if they refuse to back a money-back recycling system which encourages consumers to return their empty glass and plastic bottles and cans.

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DRS

Press Release Michael Gove urged to follow Scotland’s lead for an all-inclusive money back recycling system

8 May 2019

The CEO of the UK’s leading marine conservation charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), has urged Michael Gove to follow the example set by Scotland today in designing an ambitious all-inclusive money-back recycling system for bottles and cans.

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Cromer Shoals school survey

Press Release Cromer Shoal Chalk Beds inspires classroom learning

2 May 2019

Norfolk’s Marine Conservation Zone has been brought to life with salty tales and beach trips for a nearby primary school. As part of the MCS led Agents of Change project, fishermen visited the school, whilst the pupils carried out beach cleaning and lug worm digging - all within a stones throw of Europe’s most extensive chalk reef.

Read More


Cyrus Todiwala

Press Release Cyrus Todiwala becomes an Ocean Ambassador for the Marine Conservation Society

20 Mar 2019

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it’s delighted to welcome celebrity chef, Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL, as the charity’s latest Ocean Ambassador.

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Fishing Boats at sunrise

Press Release No UK fisheries go ‘green’ in latest Good Fish Guide ratings

15 Mar 2019

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it is disappointed that not one single UK fishery has moved off its Good Fish Guide ‘Fish to Avoid’ list in its most recent ratings update.

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David Melding Wales DRS

Press Release Assembly Members try out deposit return machine

30 Jan 2019

Wales’ leading marine charity has taken a deposit return machine into the Senedd to give Assembly Members the opportunity to see how a deposit return scheme (DRS) could work.

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Flameshell exposed on top of Loch Carron's seabed

News Damaged Scottish reef gets permanent protection

Clare Fischer 20 May 2019

Loch Carron on Scotland’s north west coast has been granted permanent Marine Protected Area’ status. Its flameshell and maerl beds will now be allowed to recover after scallop dredging damaged the area in 2017. MCS hopes this will be a springboard to urgently needed improvements to fisheries management and protection of all Scotland’s inshore waters.

Read More


Susie Rodgers Profile

Blog Mental Health and the Sea

18 May 2019

To mark Mental Health Awareness week, MCS Ocean Ambassador and Paralympic Gold Medalist Susie Rodgers MBE, talks to us about what the sea means to her and how her connection to the ocean has helped her through some of the toughest times in her life.

Read More


Bottles on beach

News Overwhelming support for Bottles For Change

14 May 2019

The 12-week consultation on the introduction of a Deposit Return Scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland has now closed and our Bottles For Change campaign gathered tremendous public support to introduce the best system possible.

Read More


Kittiwake

News Ocean policy promises hit rough seas

10 May 2019

The UK’s failure to protect and restore our seas has been condemned by Environment Links UK, a major coalition of conservation and environmental groups, including the Marine Conservation Society.

Read More


Bottles recycled

News Scotland announces all-in DRS as MCS urges Gove and Welsh Government to follow suit

Clare Fischer 8 May 2019

The Scottish Government has confirmed the country’s Deposit Return Scheme will include glass, cans and some plastic containers - tetrapaks and pouches aren’t initially included. MCS has called on Michael Gove to introduce the same in England and urged Welsh Local Authorities not to resist a similar scheme

Read More


 
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