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 you detox your plastic life and smash the Plastic Challenge?

Clare Fischer 20 Jun 2019

Our annual Plastic Challenge, where we throw down the gauntlet and encourage the nation to try and go single-use plastic free during July, is right around the corner. 9,000 people gave it a go in 2018 - will you join them this year? There’s no such thing as failing, it’s the taking part that counts!

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Beachy Head MCZ

News Highly Protected status review must result in action

Clare Fischer 10 Jun 2019

Just a week after Michael Gove expanded England and Northern Ireland’s network of Marine Conservation Zones with 41 new areas, the Environment Secretary has now announced a review to examine whether and how the strongest protections for areas of sea, Highly Protected Marine Areas, could be introduced. They’re the most effective tool for marine wildlife recovery and this review must result in action say MCS experts.

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Whale Shark

News Five threats to the ocean and how you can help

Erin O'Neill 7 Jun 2019

Our oceans give us so much – food, energy, oxygen, a place of work and a place of adventure - without them we couldn’t survive, but they are also being pushed to the point of catastrophe by human activity.

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Basking shark

News Four new Scottish marine protected areas considered

7 Jun 2019

Some of Scotland’s most iconic ocean species could face additional protections under proposals for four new marine protected areas (MPAs), proposed by Scottish Government today.

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South Queensferry GBBC 2018

News Celebrating our supporters this #VolunteersWeek

4 Jun 2019

Most charities rely heavily on volunteers and MCS is no different. Since our small beginnings over 35 years ago in a garden shed, volunteers have been our life-blood. From just a handful of like-minded people our volunteer base is now in the thousands – and we couldn’t function without them!

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Basking Shark

News 41 new Marine Conservation Zones created

Clare Fischer 31 May 2019

MCS says it welcomes the designation of 41 new MCZs but warns that proper investment in their management and monitoring must be made if they are to benefit both people and wildlife. Creating them is just half the job.

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Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

Blog Performing with Plastic

8 Jun 2019

Royal Ballet dancer Fernando Montaño explains how his passion for the sea has inspired him to raise awareness for plastic pollution, in preparation for an impactful performance on 18th July, at the Royal Academy of Music.

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Beachy Head MCZ

Blog Marine protection must go further

Peter Richardson 5 Jun 2019

Forty-one new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are to be established in seas around the English and Northern Irish coast. Good news for marine wildlife – but more work and political will is needed.

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Deep Release - Amdeep

Blog Turtles of the Caribbean

28 May 2019

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) is a UK Overseas Territory (UKOT) lying in the northern Caribbean, where hunting sea turtles has been a tradition for centuries. Concerned about the declining turtle nesting populations, the TCI Government invited MCS to start the TCI Turtle Project in 2008.

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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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Northcott Beach, Cornwall

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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Beachy Head MCZ

Press Release 41 New Marine Conservation Zones welcomed by MCS

31 May 2019

The Marine Conservation Society welcomes today’s announcement by the government of the creation of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), but warns that proper investment in their management and monitoring must be made if they are to benefit both people and wildlife.

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Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

Press Release Fernando Montano and Friends - Dance for the Sea

30 May 2019

Royal Ballet soloist Fernando Montano is taking a step in a new direction, raising awareness of ocean pollution by staging an event at the Royal Academy of Music in London in July.

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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.

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Plastic packaged peppers

News Can you detox your plastic life and smash the Plastic Challenge?

Clare Fischer 20 Jun 2019

Our annual Plastic Challenge, where we throw down the gauntlet and encourage the nation to try and go single-use plastic free during July, is right around the corner. 9,000 people gave it a go in 2018 - will you join them this year? There’s no such thing as failing, it’s the taking part that counts!

Read More


Beachy Head MCZ

News Highly Protected status review must result in action

Clare Fischer 10 Jun 2019

Just a week after Michael Gove expanded England and Northern Ireland’s network of Marine Conservation Zones with 41 new areas, the Environment Secretary has now announced a review to examine whether and how the strongest protections for areas of sea, Highly Protected Marine Areas, could be introduced. They’re the most effective tool for marine wildlife recovery and this review must result in action say MCS experts.

Read More


Dance for the Sea - Fernando Montano

Blog Performing with Plastic

8 Jun 2019

Royal Ballet dancer Fernando Montaño explains how his passion for the sea has inspired him to raise awareness for plastic pollution, in preparation for an impactful performance on 18th July, at the Royal Academy of Music.

Read More


Whale Shark

News Five threats to the ocean and how you can help

Erin O'Neill 7 Jun 2019

Our oceans give us so much – food, energy, oxygen, a place of work and a place of adventure - without them we couldn’t survive, but they are also being pushed to the point of catastrophe by human activity.

Read More


Basking shark

News Four new Scottish marine protected areas considered

7 Jun 2019

Some of Scotland’s most iconic ocean species could face additional protections under proposals for four new marine protected areas (MPAs), proposed by Scottish Government today.

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