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Status Row at finish

News Team Status Row – Home and Dry!

Clare Fischer 12 Feb 2019

Massive congratulations to Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challengers, Team Status Row, who have taken on and finished the world’s toughest row! Susan, Jess and Caroline have been raising funds for MCS and the profile of ocean plastic. It’s been a roller-coaster - physically, emotionally and mechanically.

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Mixed fish catch on Trawler

News Lords Environment committee criticises Government failure to monitor fish caught under discard ban

8 Feb 2019

A report published today by the House of Lords is highly critical of government failure in implementing EU rules for the UK fishing industry, which have been designed to reduce the quantity of fish caught and wasted by being thrown back at sea, known as the landing obligation.

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Grey Seal pup

News Seal pups threatened by ‘nurdles’ used to make plastic items

Clare Fischer 8 Feb 2019

Researchers say that seal pup hotspots are being threatened by some of the estimated 53 billion nurdles that end up in our oceans each year.

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Plastic Bag underwater

News Scotland to increase carrier bag levy and place charge on disposable drinks cups

Clare Fischer 4 Feb 2019

With Brexit all over the parliamentary agenda at Westminster, it’s almost gone unnoticed that the Scottish Government’s budget deal has included a commitment to increase Scotland’s carrier bag charge to 10p and an agreement ‘in principle’ to putting a new charge on disposable drinks cups.

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Nudibranch Flabellina affinis - Cabera

News Spanish government to give final go-ahead to enlarge Cabrera National Park

Clare Fischer 1 Feb 2019

Spain is to create the second-largest marine national park in the Mediterranean, south of Mallorca. It will protect marine life at risk of extinction. MCS MPA expert says this new expansion is important in terms of scale, level of protection, and what it protects.

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Kelp

News Earth’s last great wilderness

Jack O'Donovan 1 Feb 2019

The kelp forests that wrap around the UK coast are an underwater wilderness facing a crisis. The growing market for products containing kelp could result in their decimation. Could farming it be the answer?

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Salmon & Trout Conservation Graphic

Blog Plastic pathways – the dramatic journey from source to sea

11 Feb 2019

Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: microplastics and plastic pollution. Read a fascinating blog from Salmon and Trout Conservation.

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Farmed prawns

Blog Global Aquaculture Alliance perspectives on responsible aquaculture

18 Jan 2019

Guest blog from the Global Aquaculture Alliance tells how standards in aquaculture are improving.

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Blog Brexit commotion mustn’t spell bad news for the environment

Sandy Luk 17 Jan 2019

There’s one critical aspect of political uncertainty that we must keep on saying: Environmental protection must not just be maintained, but improved, whatever scenario results.

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Team Status Row

Blog Celebrating the New Year in the middle of The Atlantic

7 Jan 2019

Team Status Row are three intrepid women with no rowing experience who are currently on track to become just the second all-female trio to row across the Atlantic. They’re taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest row, raising funds for MCS and awareness of plastic pollution. Read their latest updates from the middle of nowhere.

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Laura Foster Main Image

Blog Plastic action promised* *subject to consultation

Laura Foster 18 Dec 2018

Dr Laura Foster, MCS Head of Clean Seas, gives her thoughts on the Waste and Resources Strategy for England, which was announced today.

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DRS Bottle Art

Blog Household rubbish recycling virtually stagnant

Sue Kinsey 12 Dec 2018

New figures show levels of household rubbish being recycled in England have virtually stalled, making the UK unlikely to meet targets on recycling by 2020. It’s time to rethink how we view rubbish by giving it a value says MCS pollution expert.

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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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Fish & Chip Awards 2019

Press Release Cornish fish and chip shop batters the competition for the best sustainable fish supper

25 Jan 2019

Penzance-based Frasers Fish and Chips, won the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)-sponsored Good Catch Award.

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Press Release MCS response to Resources and Waste Strategy

18 Dec 2018

Dr Chris Tuckett, Director of Programmes at the Marine Conservation Society, comments on the Resources and Waste Strategy announced today by DEFRA.

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Team Status Row

Press Release Three women, a boat, the Atlantic and whole load of plastic

11 Dec 2018

Team Status Row take on the world’s toughest row to increase awareness of plastic pollution, raising funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

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Lords

Press Release Prestigious UK sporting venues and clubs come together to tackle single-use plastic pollution

4 Dec 2018

A meeting organised by the British Association for Sustainable Sport, the Marine Conservation Society and the #OneLess campaign gathered senior figures from leading sports venues, clubs and events to address the issue of single-use plastics and explore ways to reduce them from their venues and events.

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Swansea beachclean

Press Release Record numbers clean up in 25th Great British Beach Clean around Welsh coasts

29 Nov 2018

Over 1,300 volunteers in Wales have taken part in this year’s Great British Beach Clean, organised by the Marine Conservation Society. The charity has published the event’s report online and not only does it show record breaking volunteer and beach event numbers it also re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on UK beaches.

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Status Row at finish

News Team Status Row – Home and Dry!

Clare Fischer 12 Feb 2019

Massive congratulations to Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challengers, Team Status Row, who have taken on and finished the world’s toughest row! Susan, Jess and Caroline have been raising funds for MCS and the profile of ocean plastic. It’s been a roller-coaster - physically, emotionally and mechanically.

Read More


Salmon & Trout Conservation Graphic

Blog Plastic pathways – the dramatic journey from source to sea

11 Feb 2019

Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: microplastics and plastic pollution. Read a fascinating blog from Salmon and Trout Conservation.

Read More


Mixed fish catch on Trawler

News Lords Environment committee criticises Government failure to monitor fish caught under discard ban

8 Feb 2019

A report published today by the House of Lords is highly critical of government failure in implementing EU rules for the UK fishing industry, which have been designed to reduce the quantity of fish caught and wasted by being thrown back at sea, known as the landing obligation.

Read More


Grey Seal pup

News Seal pups threatened by ‘nurdles’ used to make plastic items

Clare Fischer 8 Feb 2019

Researchers say that seal pup hotspots are being threatened by some of the estimated 53 billion nurdles that end up in our oceans each year.

Read More


Plastic Bag underwater

News Scotland to increase carrier bag levy and place charge on disposable drinks cups

Clare Fischer 4 Feb 2019

With Brexit all over the parliamentary agenda at Westminster, it’s almost gone unnoticed that the Scottish Government’s budget deal has included a commitment to increase Scotland’s carrier bag charge to 10p and an agreement ‘in principle’ to putting a new charge on disposable drinks cups.

Read More


 
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