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 UK government to investigate single-use plastic tax

Clare Fischer 22 Nov 2017

The Chancellor says the move is to help prevent pollution in the world’s oceans and to protect the environment. Every year 20% of the litter we record on UK beaches is made up of single-use plastics and, despite years of anti-litter campaigns, litter levels aren’t falling and recycling levels are stagnating. We can’t hang around when it comes to making changes – the evidence is already clear and action has to be taken now.

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News Seahorse clutches at a cotton bud

Clare Fischer 20 Nov 2017

Wildlife photographer Justin Hofman’s photograph tells a sickening story in just one glance.

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News Monsters from the sewers take to the roads across the east of England

Clare Fischer 17 Nov 2017

A fleet of water recycling vans, complete with monstrous graphics that warn of the dangers of flushing wipes and putting fat down the sink, take the roads in the Anglian Water region from today. The monsters have been created as part of the MCS “unflushables” campaign, with the support of Anglian Water.

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News Nurseries ban glitter to protect the environment

Clare Fischer 17 Nov 2017

MCS says a glitter ban at a group of children’s nurseries across the south of England due to concerns about the damage it does to the environment, is a small step that could lead to greater and has praised the proactive approach.

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News Bathing water results for England announced

Richard Harrington 14 Nov 2017

England’s beaches keep a consistently good level of water quality, according to results of this season’s testing announced today

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Blog Blue Planet 2 has surfaced!

Richard Harrington 29 Oct 2017

So, we’ve all taken a collective deep breath, and episode one of the BBC Blue Planet 2 series has come to the surface. After 6,000 hours of filming underwater, and 1,500 days on location in waters of at least 37 different countries, expectations have been running high. All BBC channels have been building up to the series launch. Radiohead contributed to the soundtrack. How much bigger could a nature series be? Does the series deliver what it has promised?

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Blog Reef Check Maldives – why the concern from 'outsiders'?

Jean-Luc Solandt 6 Oct 2017

Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, expedition scientist for Biosphere Expeditions Maldives, Reef Check Co-ordionator for the Maldives and MCS Marine Protected Areas Specialist explains why Reef Check Maldives is so important for the country.

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Blog Getting seaweed savvy with the Big Seaweed Search

Jules Agate 8 Sep 2017

Our South West Volunteer Manager Jules Agate has been seeing seaweeds in a new light with the Big Seaweed Search (BSS). Read on to find out all about her macro algae adventures!

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Blog Choosing sustainable seafood

Rajina Gurung 6 Sep 2017

with Mike King

Do you love eating seafood but aren’t sure if what you’re eating is sustainable…

We asked chef Mike King, one of Compass Group UK & Ireland’s expert culinary team, for his top tips on how to choose the best seafood.

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Blog We have got the bottle!

Richard Harrington 5 Sep 2017

Deposit return system on the way for Scotland

Buoyed by today’s announcement in Scottish Parliament, MCS Scotland Conservation Officer Catherine Gemmell describes what it has been like on the campaign trail for a deposit return system, and her thoughts on what needs to happen now for it to be a success.

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Press Release Fife marine conservation volunteer on a mission to stop people putting the wrong stuff down the loo

Clare Fischer 13 Nov 2017

Take the 3P Pledge and put only pee, poo and paper down the pan, says Jo!

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Press Release Seahorse show stopper to grace 'Cake International'

Clare Fischer 3 Nov 2017

Cornish cake company creation will be cut up to raise funds for Marine Conservation Society

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Press Release Marine Conservation Society launches colourful cartoons to highlight coastal poo-llution issues

2 Nov 2017

The UK’s leading marine conservation charity has launched a campaign to highlight how little things we do in our daily lives – often miles away from the coast – can have a massive effect on the quality of our coastal waters.

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Press Release There may be bigger fish to fry, but now small sprat are big on sustainability!

6 Oct 2017

Marine Conservation Society gives these hardy little fish from the Baltic a green Good Fish Guide rating

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Press Release Big support for coffee cup charges in Scotland

4 Oct 2017

New poll suggest over 70% would happily pay deposit on single-use takeaway cups

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News UK government to investigate single-use plastic tax

Clare Fischer 22 Nov 2017

The Chancellor says the move is to help prevent pollution in the world’s oceans and to protect the environment. Every year 20% of the litter we record on UK beaches is made up of single-use plastics and, despite years of anti-litter campaigns, litter levels aren’t falling and recycling levels are stagnating. We can’t hang around when it comes to making changes – the evidence is already clear and action has to be taken now.

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News Seahorse clutches at a cotton bud

Clare Fischer 20 Nov 2017

Wildlife photographer Justin Hofman’s photograph tells a sickening story in just one glance.

Read More


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News Monsters from the sewers take to the roads across the east of England

Clare Fischer 17 Nov 2017

A fleet of water recycling vans, complete with monstrous graphics that warn of the dangers of flushing wipes and putting fat down the sink, take the roads in the Anglian Water region from today. The monsters have been created as part of the MCS “unflushables” campaign, with the support of Anglian Water.

Read More


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News Nurseries ban glitter to protect the environment

Clare Fischer 17 Nov 2017

MCS says a glitter ban at a group of children’s nurseries across the south of England due to concerns about the damage it does to the environment, is a small step that could lead to greater and has praised the proactive approach.

Read More


Surfer and waves

News Bathing water results for England announced

Richard Harrington 14 Nov 2017

England’s beaches keep a consistently good level of water quality, according to results of this season’s testing announced today

Read More