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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Healthy seas lock in carbon and help protect the planet from the devastating effects of climate change

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Riverclean

News Targeting the Thames in the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up series

Clare Fischer 15 Feb 2018

20 river cleans are planned as part of the MCS and Waitrose partnership over the next few months. We’ll be joining forces with leading waterways charity Thames21 in a pilot project to investigate the link between river and marine litter. Sign up today!

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News BBC to ban single-use plastic by 2020

Clare Fischer 13 Feb 2018

The BBC has said it will remove single-use plastic from its operations in a three-step plan between now and 2020. The corporation says scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery by the end of this year is the first step - ending the use of around 2 million plastic cups by visitors and staff annually across its sites.

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Litter rocky beach

News No tax on disposable plastic in Wales – yet

Clare Fischer 13 Feb 2018

The Welsh Government has announced today that it has decided not to go ahead with a single-use plastic tax. The tax was one of four shortlisted to test new devolved tax raising powers under the Wales Act (2014). Instead, landowners with empty plots they are not using will have to pay a new vacant land tax.

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Litter

News 'Dashboard' reveals extent of littering in England

Clare Fischer 13 Feb 2018

Defra has published a ‘litter dashboard’ to explain the government’s approach to understanding the extent of litter and littering in England. It includes data from our Great British Beach Clean, individually reported incidents, and people’s perception of litter, and will monitor changes over time to help inform policy development.

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News Vote for the Great British Beach Clean in the Countryfile Awards

Clare Fischer 10 Feb 2018

Our Great British Beach Clean, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, is one of five nominees in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards Conservation Success of the Year category. Winning would be a great way to celebrate our silver milestone – so please, give us your vote!

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HRH Coral Collaboration 2018

Blog Collaborating to save the corals

Jean-Luc Solandt 14 Feb 2018

MCS has been attending a meeting to discuss the future resilience of coral reefs in this, the third ‘International Year of the Reef’. MCS President, HRH Prince Charles, addressed the invited audience, saying the stakes are high and time short when it comes to coral reefs. Prince Harry, who has an interest in the issue, was also in attendance. MCS’ Dr Jean-Luc Solandt was there – read his blog.

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Live beachclean

Blog Stand by studio – we're beach cleaning on live radio

Lizzie Prior 6 Feb 2018

We’ve been beach cleaning live on the radio. Lizzie Prior, the MCS Beach and River Clean Project Officer, headed to the north west where she had a litter picker in one hand and mic in the other as she joined the Rossall Beach Buddies cleaning up Cleveleys.

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Pulse trawl

Blog A debate for science or emotion - or is it just too soon to legalise the widespread use of electricity to catch fish?

Samuel Stone 26 Jan 2018

The use of electricity in the marine environment is currently banned under EU technical regulations, but a series of derogations for scientific and data collection purposes have made it possible for (primarily) the Dutch to roll out the electric pulse fishing method on a large scale over the last decade.

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Blog What the 25 year plan says about our seas

Richard Harrington 15 Jan 2018

Much of the coverage of the Government’s 25 year plan to improve the natural environment has concentrated on how plastic pollution will be reduced. But the report also contained plans for fisheries, education and marine protection. Are those plans more ambitious or are they as vague as the plastic promises? MCS staff have been taking a look.

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Blog Village bans plastic straws after school campaign

Catherine Gemmell 21 Dec 2017

It was fantastic to hear from our Cool Seas Explorers at Sunnyside Primary that their amazing #NaeStrawAtAw campaign has succeeded in making Ullapool potentially the first plastic straw free village in the UK!

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Riverclean

Press Release Targeting the Thames in the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up series

15 Feb 2018

The UK’s leading marine charity, will be cleaning up river banks and recording the litter found for the first time, thanks to the support of one of the country’s leading supermarkets.

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Press Release Deposit returns will cut #wildbottlesightings

31 Jan 2018

We’ve handed our #wildbottlesightings report to Scotland’s Environment Cabinet Secretary. In less than two years we’ve received 6,000 reports of drinks bottles and cans littered all over Scotland’s rural, urban and coastal landscapes. Clear evidence that a deposit return system is needed.

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Press Release UK Government's plan for nature fails to deliver

Richard Harrington 11 Jan 2018

The Marine Conservation Society says today that Defra’s 25 year plan lacks ambition, urgency and coherence

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Coffee by the sea

Press Release ‘Cappuccino charge’ and ‘latte levy’ must just be stepping stones to a 100% of single use coffee cups being recycled

5 Jan 2018

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it welcomes the recommendations in a report out today from the Environmental Audit Committee calling for a ‘latte levy’ of 25p on disposable coffee cups with the revenue raised paying for improved recycling facilities.

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Plastic bottles

Press Release UK needs urgent action on plastic bottle waste, says new report by committee of MPs

Richard Harrington 22 Dec 2017

The Marine Conservation Society backs demands for Deposit Return Systems, as a Parliamentary Committee calls for Urgent Action on Plastic Waste

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Riverclean

News Targeting the Thames in the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up series

Clare Fischer 15 Feb 2018

20 river cleans are planned as part of the MCS and Waitrose partnership over the next few months. We’ll be joining forces with leading waterways charity Thames21 in a pilot project to investigate the link between river and marine litter. Sign up today!

Read More


HRH Coral Collaboration 2018

Blog Collaborating to save the corals

Jean-Luc Solandt 14 Feb 2018

MCS has been attending a meeting to discuss the future resilience of coral reefs in this, the third ‘International Year of the Reef’. MCS President, HRH Prince Charles, addressed the invited audience, saying the stakes are high and time short when it comes to coral reefs. Prince Harry, who has an interest in the issue, was also in attendance. MCS’ Dr Jean-Luc Solandt was there – read his blog.

Read More


News BBC to ban single-use plastic by 2020

Clare Fischer 13 Feb 2018

The BBC has said it will remove single-use plastic from its operations in a three-step plan between now and 2020. The corporation says scrapping throwaway plastic cups and cutlery by the end of this year is the first step - ending the use of around 2 million plastic cups by visitors and staff annually across its sites.

Read More


Litter rocky beach

News No tax on disposable plastic in Wales – yet

Clare Fischer 13 Feb 2018

The Welsh Government has announced today that it has decided not to go ahead with a single-use plastic tax. The tax was one of four shortlisted to test new devolved tax raising powers under the Wales Act (2014). Instead, landowners with empty plots they are not using will have to pay a new vacant land tax.

Read More


Litter

News 'Dashboard' reveals extent of littering in England

Clare Fischer 13 Feb 2018

Defra has published a ‘litter dashboard’ to explain the government’s approach to understanding the extent of litter and littering in England. It includes data from our Great British Beach Clean, individually reported incidents, and people’s perception of litter, and will monitor changes over time to help inform policy development.

Read More