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 Sign our petition to help #StopOceanThreads

Victoria Riglen 3 Jul 2020

Did you know that for every load of laundry washed, as many as 700,000 plastic microfibres can flow into our water systems? Across the UK, that means that 9.4 trillion fibres could be released into the environment in one week alone… at least!

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News Top tips for beachgoers: Keeping coastal wildlife safe

Erin O'Neill 3 Jul 2020

While it’s great that we’re all able to start getting back to some kind of normal it’s important to remember that we share these spots with amazing coastal wildlife.

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Beach litter

News Help us #KeepItClean this summer!

1 Jul 2020

We’re asking for your help to spread the word and encourage everyone enjoying time outdoors this summer to #KeepItClean and take their litter home. Whether you live by the sea or in the heart of a city, we all have a role to play in reducing the volume of litter polluting the natural world.

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News Success for the Fisheries Bill: House of Lords votes in favour of sustainable fisheries

Victoria Riglen 30 Jun 2020

Last week we were thrilled to see success in our advocacy work on the Fisheries Bill. The House of Lords voted for two vital amendments to the Bill which we believe will make tangible and positive change to the future health of our seas and fisheries.

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Green Turtle

News Turtle conservation work in the UK Overseas Territories receives welcome boost

22 Jun 2020

Our work in the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) will receive a welcome boost following two significant grants from the UK Government’s Darwin Plus initiative. The two projects will work directly with the Governments of the British Virgin Islands and Montserrat, as well as local partner organisations and communities to support the recovery, monitoring and management of turtle populations.

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News Make your own Plastic Challenge this July

8 Jun 2020

Our annual Plastic Challenge is nearly upon us and is a great way to kick-start or restart a better plastic habit.

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Blog Teaching kids to care: Plastic-free children's parties

13 Jul 2020

TV presenter and environmentalist Julia Bradbury tells us her top tips for planning a plastic-free children’s party.

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Blog Plastic Diaries: Customer services worker from Gwent

9 Jul 2020

Do you know how much plastic you use every week? We tasked supporters to make note of all the plastic they use in a week to show just how much we rely on it in our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not.

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Ghenet Randall

Blog Slow fashion and reducing my impact

7 Jul 2020

Lifestyle blogger and slow living advocate Ghenet Randall tells us about slow fashion and how we can reduce our impact on the environment through our wardrobe choices.

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Blog Plastic Diaries: Accounts Manager from South Wales

3 Jul 2020

Do you know how much plastic you use every week? We tasked supporters to make note of all the plastic they use in a week to show just how much we rely on it in our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not.

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Blog Simple and impactful swaps: cutting back on plastic in the bathroom

30 Jun 2020

Environmental activist and founder of #EndPeriodPlastic campaign Ella Daish tells us some of her top tips for cutting back on single-use plastic in the bathroom.

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Blog Plastic Diaries: Pupil Support Assistant from Moray

26 Jun 2020

Do you know how much plastic you use every week? We tasked supporters to make note of all the plastic they use in a week to show just how much we rely on it in our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not.

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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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Seagrass Meadow

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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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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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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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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Blog Teaching kids to care: Plastic-free children's parties

13 Jul 2020

TV presenter and environmentalist Julia Bradbury tells us her top tips for planning a plastic-free children’s party.

Read More


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Blog Plastic Diaries: Customer services worker from Gwent

9 Jul 2020

Do you know how much plastic you use every week? We tasked supporters to make note of all the plastic they use in a week to show just how much we rely on it in our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not.

Read More


Ghenet Randall

Blog Slow fashion and reducing my impact

7 Jul 2020

Lifestyle blogger and slow living advocate Ghenet Randall tells us about slow fashion and how we can reduce our impact on the environment through our wardrobe choices.

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News Sign our petition to help #StopOceanThreads

Victoria Riglen 3 Jul 2020

Did you know that for every load of laundry washed, as many as 700,000 plastic microfibres can flow into our water systems? Across the UK, that means that 9.4 trillion fibres could be released into the environment in one week alone… at least!

Read More


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Blog Plastic Diaries: Accounts Manager from South Wales

3 Jul 2020

Do you know how much plastic you use every week? We tasked supporters to make note of all the plastic they use in a week to show just how much we rely on it in our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not.

Read More


 
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