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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Beached bottle

News Royals and more join in with Great British Beach Clean

Erin O'Neill 23 Sep 2020

People from all around the UK have been getting involved with our Great British Beach Clean this year, running until September 25.

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Grey Seal pup

News Increasing concerns over seal safety on Yorkshire coast

21 Sep 2020

As lockdown has encouraged staycations this summer and more of us have headed to the coast, there’s been increasing concerns for the safety of marine life. In the midst of seal pupping season, it’s even more important to give mothers and their pups plenty of space.

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Fishing boats dock

News Sustainability and science stripped from Fisheries Bill by House of Commons

15 Sep 2020

The Fisheries Bill is the UK Government’s prime opportunity to put policies in place which support the future health of the UK’s seas.

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Source to Sea

News Can’t make it to a Beach Clean this year? Embark on our Source to Sea Litter Quest instead!

2 Sep 2020

The Source to Sea Litter Quest form is now available to download, find out more about how you can get involved.

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Whale shark feeding

News 5 amazing facts about whale sharks

28 Aug 2020

Part of the shark family, whale sharks get their name because they share many characteristics with whales. Ahead of International Whale Shark Day (August 30) we dive in to 5 amazing facts about these gentle giants.

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Plastic straws found on beachclean

News Tell the Welsh Government to say goodbye to single-use plastic

24 Aug 2020

Do you want to make a huge difference to the amount of plastic we throw away each year? The Welsh Government is asking if you think single-use items, like plastic cotton bud sticks, stirrers, and straws should be banned in Wales.

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Source to Sea

Blog Source to Sea for schools

17 Sep 2020

Are you a parent, teacher or home educator? This year our Great British Beach Clean is going local, inland and online. Join us and get involved to help clean up and protect our seas, shores and wildlife from dangerous marine litter.

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Green Turtle

Blog Tracking teen turtles: our research in the Turks and Caicos Islands

1 Sep 2020

For more than a decade we’ve been involved in some fascinating research which has tracked the migratory habits of teenage green turtles. The work focuses on a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the Turks and Caicos Islands, the results of which we’re pleased to share in a new paper.

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Herring_News

Blog 5 reasons why sustainability must remain the prime objective of the Fisheries Bill

25 Aug 2020

For the first time in over 40 years, we have the opportunity to shape our approach to fishing and sustainability in UK waters – this comes in the form of the Fisheries Bill.

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Seal underwater

Blog 5 Reasons to Organise a Beach Clean in 2020

12 Aug 2020

Organising a Great British Beach Clean in 2020 is more important than ever!

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Blog PomPom: Are plastic toys actually harmful for kids?

10 Aug 2020

Our friends over at plastic-free store PomPom debunk some common plastic myths when it comes to children’s toys. Are they really that harmful?

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Gwithian Beachclean

Blog The Great British Beach Clean needs you now more than ever!

29 Jul 2020

Due to the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in, we have had to rethink our large scale beach cleans this year. Instead of organising big community clean ups, we are promoting smaller beach cleans between families, friends and ‘bubbles’. We need each and every one of you to get organising.

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Compass Jellyfish - Abercastle

Press Release How well do you know your jellies? Marine Conservation Society launches new quiz for jellyfish season

6 Aug 2020

As jellyfish season is well and truly upon us, you’re likely to see more jellyfish around UK shores. The Marine Conservation Society is once again calling on beachgoers to report jellyfish sightings on the charity’s website as part of its national Jellyfish Survey.

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fishing vessels

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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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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Beached bottle

News Royals and more join in with Great British Beach Clean

Erin O'Neill 23 Sep 2020

People from all around the UK have been getting involved with our Great British Beach Clean this year, running until September 25.

Read More


Grey Seal pup

News Increasing concerns over seal safety on Yorkshire coast

21 Sep 2020

As lockdown has encouraged staycations this summer and more of us have headed to the coast, there’s been increasing concerns for the safety of marine life. In the midst of seal pupping season, it’s even more important to give mothers and their pups plenty of space.

Read More


Source to Sea

Blog Source to Sea for schools

17 Sep 2020

Are you a parent, teacher or home educator? This year our Great British Beach Clean is going local, inland and online. Join us and get involved to help clean up and protect our seas, shores and wildlife from dangerous marine litter.

Read More


Fishing boats dock

News Sustainability and science stripped from Fisheries Bill by House of Commons

15 Sep 2020

The Fisheries Bill is the UK Government’s prime opportunity to put policies in place which support the future health of the UK’s seas.

Read More


Source to Sea

News Can’t make it to a Beach Clean this year? Embark on our Source to Sea Litter Quest instead!

2 Sep 2020

The Source to Sea Litter Quest form is now available to download, find out more about how you can get involved.

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