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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Over time, one plastic bottle bobbing along in the ocean can break down in to hundreds of tiny plastic pieces

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Over 1,000 marine wildlife sightings were reported to MCS last year


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News How well do you know your jellies? Take part in our new quiz this jellyfish season

6 Aug 2020

Have you been to the beach recently? You might be surprised at what you can spot this time of year. Jellyfish season is upon us, so there’s a high chance of seeing these gooey creatures around our shores – and if you’re lucky enough to see one, we want to know all about it.

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News Correctly dispose of PPE to stop new wave of plastic pollution

24 Jul 2020

As of today, in England, face coverings will be required by law whilst in shops and supermarkets. As more countries urge the public to use these while out and about, it’s important to highlight the need for them to be appropriately disposed of.

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News Microplastics and fibres found in digestive systems of UK sharks

23 Jul 2020

A new report released this week shows clear evidence of microplastics and synthetic materials making their way into the digestive systems of UK sharks. The study by scientists at the University of Exeter has been published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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News Wild Coast Sussex – Funding for new project connecting young people to their local ocean

Victoria Riglen 21 Jul 2020

We’re delighted to have been awarded a grant by The National Lottery Heritage Fund for our Wild Coast Sussex project which we’re working on alongside project lead Sussex Wildlife Trust and others. Wild Coast Sussex will inspire local communities to care for the marine environment and enable them to protect their local coast and sea.

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News New research shows washing machine filters drastically reduce microfibre pollution

Erin O'Neill 16 Jul 2020

A recent study has revealed that filters fitted inside washing machines can reduce the amount of plastic microfibres released into wastewater by almost 80%.

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News The Great British Beach Clean is back!

Victoria Riglen 16 Jul 2020

Our annual Great British Beach Clean is back for the 27th year of events across the UK. This year, we’ll be running beach cleans for a whole week, rather than the usual weekend – so there’s even more opportunity to get involved.

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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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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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Blog Where we go next: the future of the plastic problem

27 Jul 2020

Biologist, filmmaker and presenter of BBC’s Springwatch, Gillian Burke, reflects on how our attitudes to plastic pollution could change in the wake of COVID-19.

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Blog Beauty comes from within - not in a plastic tub

20 Jul 2020

Designer and sustainable DIYer Maria Maleh tells us about her journey to become more sustainable and shares some of her favourite plastic-free beauty product recipes.

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Blog Teaching kids to care: Plastic-free children's parties

13 Jul 2020

TV presenter and environmentalist Julia Bradbury tells us her top tips for planning a plastic-free children’s party.

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Blog Plastic Diaries: Customer services worker from Gwent

9 Jul 2020

Do you know how much plastic you use every week? We tasked supporters to make note of all the plastic they use in a week to show just how much we rely on it in our everyday lives, whether we realise it or not.

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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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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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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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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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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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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?

Read More


Jellyfish_1

News How well do you know your jellies? Take part in our new quiz this jellyfish season

6 Aug 2020

Have you been to the beach recently? You might be surprised at what you can spot this time of year. Jellyfish season is upon us, so there’s a high chance of seeing these gooey creatures around our shores – and if you’re lucky enough to see one, we want to know all about it.

Read More


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.

Read More


Blog Where we go next: the future of the plastic problem

27 Jul 2020

Biologist, filmmaker and presenter of BBC’s Springwatch, Gillian Burke, reflects on how our attitudes to plastic pollution could change in the wake of COVID-19.

Read More


PPE

News Correctly dispose of PPE to stop new wave of plastic pollution

24 Jul 2020

As of today, in England, face coverings will be required by law whilst in shops and supermarkets. As more countries urge the public to use these while out and about, it’s important to highlight the need for them to be appropriately disposed of.

Read More


 
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