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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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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News New campaign asks single-use plastic purchasers to ‘Donate Your Guilt’

1 Aug 2019

The Marine Conservation Society’s ‘swear box for the oceans’ reminds consumers to think twice before purchasing single-use plastic items

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Basking Shark

News World’s first haven for basking sharks?

31 Jul 2019

The Marine Conservation Society has joined forces with the Scottish Wildlife Trust to push for the world’s first protected area for basking sharks. The charities have launched a joint campaign urging people to show their support for basking sharks by responding to a Scottish Government consultation.

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Beetle

News Help us protect the rare strandline beetle

Erin O'Neill 29 Jul 2019

If you’ll be taking part in a beach clean any time soon, we’d like to alert you to watch out for the rare strandline beetle, now extinct in England, but known to be found in South West Wales from Llangennith on Gower, to Pendine in Carmarthen Bay.

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Coffee Cup

News Experts back 'latte levy' in Scotland

Clare Fischer 18 Jul 2019

A panel of environmental experts in Scotland has recommended putting a charge on each disposable coffee cup - a ‘latte levy’ - to help cut down on waste. The panel advised introducing a national, mandatory requirement to sell drinks and disposable cups separately to include an initial minimum price of between 20-25p per cup.

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Bottles recycled

News Environment Secretary says he supports fully inclusive Deposit Return Scheme.

Clare Fischer 17 Jul 2019

MCS has welcomed a public show of support from the Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, for a fully inclusive Deposit Return Scheme. He said he personally backed a scheme which which included plastic, glass, cans and cartons of all sizes. But although warm words are encouraging, what’s needed is urgent government action says MCS Director of Programmes.

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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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Letting a property fundraiser

Blog 13 Hours. 3 Peaks. 12 Desk Jockeys. 1 Cause.

Jonathan Daines 23 Jul 2019

Jonathan Daines from Letting a Property, shares his story on how their team scaled three Welsh peaks to raise over £2000 for MCS.

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Ben Garrod

Blog Tackling the first half of the Plastic Challenge

Ben Garrod 15 Jul 2019

As I walk around the endless sterile aisles bathed in that ever so distinctive ‘supermarket lighting’, it really hits me just how pervasive single-use plastic is.

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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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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.

Read More


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?

Read More


News New campaign asks single-use plastic purchasers to ‘Donate Your Guilt’

1 Aug 2019

The Marine Conservation Society’s ‘swear box for the oceans’ reminds consumers to think twice before purchasing single-use plastic items

Read More


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.

Read More


Basking Shark

News World’s first haven for basking sharks?

31 Jul 2019

The Marine Conservation Society has joined forces with the Scottish Wildlife Trust to push for the world’s first protected area for basking sharks. The charities have launched a joint campaign urging people to show their support for basking sharks by responding to a Scottish Government consultation.

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