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

Last year governments, councils and their agencies changed their policies or acted on our advice almost once a week


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Curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) amongst a horse mussel bed (Modiolus modiolus) Shetland, Scotland, UK

News Marine unProtected Areas: What happens next?

19 Jan 2021

You’ve seen the report, but now what? We’re asking for your help in raising awareness of the importance of our seabed.

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Curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) amongst a horse mussel bed (Modiolus modiolus) Shetland, Scotland, UK

News New report finds bottom trawling taking place in 98% of UK’s offshore Marine Protected Areas

6 Jan 2021

Find out more about our new report - Marine unProtected Areas - which provides an insight into the pressures faced by the UK’s seabed and charts a way forward.

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News Don’t cause a stink down your festive sink!

Clare Fischer 18 Dec 2020

Fats, oils and grease – FOGs for short - can cause major problems in pipes, drains and sewers. So think twice before disposing of festive fats down the sink!

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Sally-Ann Hart MP

News Sally-Ann Hart MP to Champion Seagrass in Westminster

16 Dec 2020

Sally-Ann Hart, MP for Hastings and Rye has become the new ‘Species Champion’ for seagrass. Find out more about the project here.

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News New protections for Scottish seas

4 Dec 2020

Yesterday the Scottish Government announced the designation of four new protected areas for Scottish seas, including a world-first protecting both basking sharks and minke whales in the Sea of the Hebrides.

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News Greenwashing: What it is and why the UK watchdog is launching an enquiry

3 Dec 2020

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) wants to understand consumer shopping habits and the impacts of greenwashing. But what is greenwashing and how can you get involved?

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Wave Crashing

Blog Some Ocean Optimism for Blue Monday

15 Jan 2021

We’ve decided to flip ‘Blue Monday’ on its head and bring the #OceanIndoors for some much-needed Ocean Optimism this January. So, whether you’re after a calming dose of the big blue, some new recipes to try, a book to get lost in or new ways of entertaining little ones, read on.

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Blog Five Festive Fish

18 Dec 2020

The Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only thing that’s green in your household this Christmas. As well as ditching the plastic straw with your Christmas cocktail, or using recycled paper to wrap presents, choosing sustainably sourced seafood can make for a truly ocean conscious Christmas. Here are five festive fish that are green-rated on the Good Fish Guide to add to your menu this Christmas.

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Plastic Free Christmas Main

Blog More tips for a plastic-free Christmas

17 Dec 2020

As the festive period comes around again, we wanted to share some tips on how to avoid unnecessary plastic waste and instead how to help our oceans and beaches this Christmas time.

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Blog The Fisheries Act: what now?

15 Dec 2020

Our Public Affairs Officer, Alice Watson, looks back on what we’ve achieved and what happens next with the Fisheries Act.

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Blog Almost 12 days of plastic-free Christmas

14 Dec 2020

Our friends at plastic-free toys and gifts company PomPom share 12 eco-friendly choices for this Christmas.

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Blog Our plastic-free, low waste buying guide

11 Dec 2020

Check out our Christmas buying guide packed with great products from some of the brilliant partners we work with. Find some great ethical and eco-friendly gifts whilst supporting our work at the same time.

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Curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) amongst a horse mussel bed (Modiolus modiolus) Shetland, Scotland, UK

Press Release Climate solutions must include ban on bottom trawling in Marine Protected Areas, says Marine Conservation Society

7 Jan 2021

The charity’s report finds bottom trawling continues in UK’s protected seas

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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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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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Curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) amongst a horse mussel bed (Modiolus modiolus) Shetland, Scotland, UK

News Marine unProtected Areas: What happens next?

19 Jan 2021

You’ve seen the report, but now what? We’re asking for your help in raising awareness of the importance of our seabed.

Read More


Wave Crashing

Blog Some Ocean Optimism for Blue Monday

15 Jan 2021

We’ve decided to flip ‘Blue Monday’ on its head and bring the #OceanIndoors for some much-needed Ocean Optimism this January. So, whether you’re after a calming dose of the big blue, some new recipes to try, a book to get lost in or new ways of entertaining little ones, read on.

Read More


Curled octopus (Eledone cirrhosa) amongst a horse mussel bed (Modiolus modiolus) Shetland, Scotland, UK

News New report finds bottom trawling taking place in 98% of UK’s offshore Marine Protected Areas

6 Jan 2021

Find out more about our new report - Marine unProtected Areas - which provides an insight into the pressures faced by the UK’s seabed and charts a way forward.

Read More


News Don’t cause a stink down your festive sink!

Clare Fischer 18 Dec 2020

Fats, oils and grease – FOGs for short - can cause major problems in pipes, drains and sewers. So think twice before disposing of festive fats down the sink!

Read More


Oysters

Blog Five Festive Fish

18 Dec 2020

The Christmas tree doesn’t have to be the only thing that’s green in your household this Christmas. As well as ditching the plastic straw with your Christmas cocktail, or using recycled paper to wrap presents, choosing sustainably sourced seafood can make for a truly ocean conscious Christmas. Here are five festive fish that are green-rated on the Good Fish Guide to add to your menu this Christmas.

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