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News New Good Fish Guide ratings show value of UK seafood

2 Oct 2019

MCS released its newly updated Good Fish Guide ratings today and is urging consumers to shop for seafood caught and farmed off the UK coast.

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Sand Bay GBBC 2019

News Thousands of volunteers clean up for the Great British Beach Clean

24 Sep 2019

We’d like to thank each and every one of you who joined us on beaches across the UK this weekend, soaking up the last of the summer sun. To those of you who helped organise a beach clean or volunteered your time, thank you for helping to keep the UK’s beaches beautiful and gathering data to help us push for change.

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News Photographer Elisabeth Hoff releases 'Drowning in Plastic' project

11 Sep 2019

Photographer, director and art director Elisabeth Hoff has shown her support of the Marine Conservation Society and the Great British Beach Clean by releasing a series of images and videos which show the impact of single-use plastics on our marine environment

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fishing vessels

News Fishermen still discarding fish even though EU laws have banned the practice

Clare Fischer 9 Sep 2019

After an investigation finds unwanted fish are being dumped back in the sea despite new EU laws designed to stop discarding, MCS says the report confirms that ongoing issues including catch monitoring, cameras on boats and increased observer coverage must be resolved sooner rather than later.

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Tampon applicator - beach litter

News Campaigning for plastic-free periods

Erin O'Neill 28 Aug 2019

Menstrual products can contain up to 90% plastic and are constantly manufactured and discarded. During our Great British Beach Clean 2018, on the 494 beaches across the UK that were cleaned and surveyed, volunteers found on average 580 tampon applicators and 863 panty liners.

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Humpback Whale Fluke - Svalbard 2017

News Humpback whales tracked by social media scientists

14 Aug 2019

Results from a new study exploring the travel history of a humpback whale have revealed that UK seas act as a ‘service station’ for migrating humpback whales. Volunteers involved in the study used photos shared on social media to reveal the travel history of a humpback whale, nicknamed “vYking” by local whale watchers, which spent last winter near Fife and Edinburgh. Sightings of humpback whales in UK seas are increasing year on year, with the Firth of Forth in southeast Scotland emerging as a winter hotspot for these ocean giants.

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Boris speech - Conservative Party Conference 2019

Blog Party conference tour - navigating the current political maelstrom

Emma Crane 11 Oct 2019

Against all of the Brexit turmoil, MCS’s intrepid Public Affairs Manager, Emma Crane, headed to Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester to make sure that politicians and policy advisers heard about the issues that MCS care about and to push for the policy changes that are urgently needed to protect our marine environment.

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Blog Satellites and basking sharks

27 Aug 2019

Calum Duncan, MCS Head of Conservation Scotland, recalls an encounter with a basking shark and reflects on the ground-breaking tagging studies which underline the case for the Sea of the Hebrides MPA.

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Aquaculture feed

Blog How sustainable aquaculture can shorten the marine food chain

14 Aug 2019

The aquaculture industry uses more than 75% of the world fish oil supply to produce fish feed. If humans are to keep their omega-3 index at scientifically recommended levels, renewable supplies of omega-3 for aquafeed are needed. Is marine microalgae the answer?

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Blog July is over, but the Plastic Challenge is not

Ben Garrod 31 Jul 2019

Well, July has been a long month and memorable for many reasons. I’ve been rushed off my feet with work, writing books, promoting new ones and teaching students at the University of East Anglia all about invasive species. It’s also been a month where I have tried to go plastic-free. Well, single-use plastic-free, if I’m being strictly accurate.

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Susie Rodgers Underwater exhibition

Blog Fernando Montaño and friends present Dance for the Sea

25 Jul 2019

Fernando Montaño, British-Columbian Soloist for the Royal Ballet, saw first-hand the impact of plastic on our oceans having grown up in the Columbian coastal town of Buenaventura. He decided to create his Dance for the Sea project, highlighting the ocean plastic problem and raising funds for our work to fight it.

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Bag of Ethics Plastic Challenge

Blog Plastic Free July at Bags of Ethics

23 Jul 2019

Bags of Ethics take on our Plastic Challenge this July, making a real difference in their offices in London and across the world.

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Coast Mag Beachclean

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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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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Boris speech - Conservative Party Conference 2019

Blog Party conference tour - navigating the current political maelstrom

Emma Crane 11 Oct 2019

Against all of the Brexit turmoil, MCS’s intrepid Public Affairs Manager, Emma Crane, headed to Bournemouth, Brighton and Manchester to make sure that politicians and policy advisers heard about the issues that MCS care about and to push for the policy changes that are urgently needed to protect our marine environment.

Read More


Fishing boat

News New Good Fish Guide ratings show value of UK seafood

2 Oct 2019

MCS released its newly updated Good Fish Guide ratings today and is urging consumers to shop for seafood caught and farmed off the UK coast.

Read More


Sand Bay GBBC 2019

News Thousands of volunteers clean up for the Great British Beach Clean

24 Sep 2019

We’d like to thank each and every one of you who joined us on beaches across the UK this weekend, soaking up the last of the summer sun. To those of you who helped organise a beach clean or volunteered your time, thank you for helping to keep the UK’s beaches beautiful and gathering data to help us push for change.

Read More


News Photographer Elisabeth Hoff releases 'Drowning in Plastic' project

11 Sep 2019

Photographer, director and art director Elisabeth Hoff has shown her support of the Marine Conservation Society and the Great British Beach Clean by releasing a series of images and videos which show the impact of single-use plastics on our marine environment

Read More


fishing vessels

News Fishermen still discarding fish even though EU laws have banned the practice

Clare Fischer 9 Sep 2019

After an investigation finds unwanted fish are being dumped back in the sea despite new EU laws designed to stop discarding, MCS says the report confirms that ongoing issues including catch monitoring, cameras on boats and increased observer coverage must be resolved sooner rather than later.

Read More


 
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