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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Farmed marine fin fish production in Scotland is estimated to increase by 30% between 2014-2020

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Dan Thurling/Grey seal pup

News Grey seal chewing glass bottle strengthens need for 'all-in' Deposit Return Scheme

Erin O'Neill 3 Dec 2019

Nature photographer Dan Thurling has captured upsetting images of a grey seal pup chewing on a glass Starbucks bottle. The pictures were taken in Donna Nook nature reserve in Lincolnshire, the area is home to one of the UK’s largest breeding colonies of grey seals.

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Sand Bay GBBC 2019

News The results are in for this year's Great British Beach Clean

28 Nov 2019

This year’s Great British Beach Clean (20-23rd September 2019), saw 437 beach cleans and litter surveys take place, with over 10,800 volunteers getting involved who removed 10,833kg of litter from the UK’s beaches. That’s almost 11 tonnes of litter in one weekend alone!

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#IWill

News It’s #iwillWeek and we’re celebrating the power of youth

Clare Fischer 18 Nov 2019

The #iwill campaign aims to make social action the norm for people under 20. MCS is really lucky to have hundreds of young people doing their bit for the ocean and this week we’re celebrating their stories and achievements.

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News The Wales National Marine Plan – a first for Wales!

12 Nov 2019

Today marks a significant milestone in the management of Welsh waters; the Welsh Government have finally published their National Marine Plan.

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Octopus on temperate reef

News Great support for Highly Protected Marine Areas

Erin O'Neill 1 Nov 2019

The call for evidence on Highly Protected Marine Areas has closed. Thanks for supporting our call for ‘gold standard’ protections for our seas.

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News 10 incredible sea creatures to get to know this Halloween

Kate Wilson, Kate Wilson 31 Oct 2019

Who needs make-believe monsters this Halloween when we have our real life scary sea creatures? Read on for the Marine Conservation Society’s top 10 things that go bump in the night… or splash!

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Blog Join us for a #PlasticFreeChristmas this year

Erin O'Neill 18 Nov 2019

At MCS, we’re committed to #STOPthePlasticTide and we’re working tirelessly towards a future of safe and healthy seas where less and less plastic is getting into our oceans and washing up on our beaches. We’re always on the lookout for other organisations, companies and individuals that are committed to the same goal as us, and so we’re pleased to announce a new partnership with PomPom.

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Blog Charity advent calendar supports MCS for the second-year running

Erin O'Neill 7 Nov 2019

We’re happy to announce that Advent of Change, a non-profit organisation that creates charitable products and campaigns, is supporting MCS with their unique children’s advent calendar for Christmas 2019, alongside 23 other charities.

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Howard Davies

Blog What does Salcombe, gin and ocean sustainability have in common?

4 Nov 2019

I grew up in North Hampshire only an hour’s drive from the sea and spent annual family holidays on South Devon’s picturesque coast in Salcombe, captivated by its golden sandy beaches and turquoise water.

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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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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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Dan Thurling/Grey seal pup

News Grey seal chewing glass bottle strengthens need for 'all-in' Deposit Return Scheme

Erin O'Neill 3 Dec 2019

Nature photographer Dan Thurling has captured upsetting images of a grey seal pup chewing on a glass Starbucks bottle. The pictures were taken in Donna Nook nature reserve in Lincolnshire, the area is home to one of the UK’s largest breeding colonies of grey seals.

Read More


Sand Bay GBBC 2019

News The results are in for this year's Great British Beach Clean

28 Nov 2019

This year’s Great British Beach Clean (20-23rd September 2019), saw 437 beach cleans and litter surveys take place, with over 10,800 volunteers getting involved who removed 10,833kg of litter from the UK’s beaches. That’s almost 11 tonnes of litter in one weekend alone!

Read More


Blog Join us for a #PlasticFreeChristmas this year

Erin O'Neill 18 Nov 2019

At MCS, we’re committed to #STOPthePlasticTide and we’re working tirelessly towards a future of safe and healthy seas where less and less plastic is getting into our oceans and washing up on our beaches. We’re always on the lookout for other organisations, companies and individuals that are committed to the same goal as us, and so we’re pleased to announce a new partnership with PomPom.

Read More


#IWill

News It’s #iwillWeek and we’re celebrating the power of youth

Clare Fischer 18 Nov 2019

The #iwill campaign aims to make social action the norm for people under 20. MCS is really lucky to have hundreds of young people doing their bit for the ocean and this week we’re celebrating their stories and achievements.

Read More


News The Wales National Marine Plan – a first for Wales!

12 Nov 2019

Today marks a significant milestone in the management of Welsh waters; the Welsh Government have finally published their National Marine Plan.

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