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Thames - london

News River Thames - polluted by single-use items

Clare Fischer 21 Feb 2019

A series of river cleans, carried out by MCS and Thames21, along the Thames and its tributaries has revealed that more than 80% of litter found in the UK’s most iconic river, and 78% on its tributaries, was made up of single-use items such as metal drink cans, food packaging and plastic drinks bottles.

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Tampon applicator - beach litter

News Sturgeon - reusable sanitary products will tackle pollution in Scottish seas

Clare Fischer 20 Feb 2019

A campaign to promote reusable sanitary products has been announced by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, as part of moves to protect the marine environment. MCS Beachwatch data shows Scotland’s beaches have double the national average of litter that’s wrongly flushed down toilets.

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VIN AND OMI

News Ocean optimism at London Fashion Week

Erin O'Neill 18 Feb 2019

Fashion and multimedia designers VIN + OMI have debuted their eco-fashion show ‘Planet Rewind’ at London Fashion Week. Bags and belts from the collection and proceeds made from their sale are being donated to MCS in a fish meets fashion collaboration.

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Bottles recycled

News Deposit Return Scheme consultation launched

Clare Fischer 18 Feb 2019

The government must not capitulate to industry pressure pushing for a less than adequate deposit return system warns MCS expert. Consumers should get their money back on all sizes and materials of bottles and cans. From today the public can have it’s say on what a scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland should look like.

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Status Row at finish

News Team Status Row – Home and Dry!

Clare Fischer 12 Feb 2019

Massive congratulations to Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challengers, Team Status Row, who have taken on and finished the world’s toughest row! Susan, Jess and Caroline have been raising funds for MCS and the profile of ocean plastic. It’s been a roller-coaster - physically, emotionally and mechanically.

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Mixed fish catch on Trawler

News Lords Environment committee criticises Government failure to monitor fish caught under discard ban

8 Feb 2019

A report published today by the House of Lords is highly critical of government failure in implementing EU rules for the UK fishing industry, which have been designed to reduce the quantity of fish caught and wasted by being thrown back at sea, known as the landing obligation.

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Blog MCS making waves at International Marine Conference

Catherine Gemmell 22 Feb 2019

What a week! From Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posting our inflatable Leatherback Turtle on Instagram, to HRH Prince Charles encouraging everyone to take part in the Great British Beach Clean in a key note address, it was fantastic to see the recognition of MCS and our incredible volunteers at Scotland’s first International Marine Conference.

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Fishing boats dock

Blog Wales and the UK Fisheries Bill - what's needed for sustainable fishing

20 Feb 2019

Fisheries management is never straight forward – particularly for the many mixed fisheries in Wales. But post–Brexit, we should be able to build on what we already have as part of the EU says MCS leads on fisheries and Wales, Sam Stone and Gill Bell.

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Salmon & Trout Conservation Graphic

Blog Plastic pathways – the dramatic journey from source to sea

11 Feb 2019

Present at every stage of their journey, wild fish are facing yet another threat: microplastics and plastic pollution. Read a fascinating blog from Salmon and Trout Conservation.

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Farmed prawns

Blog Global Aquaculture Alliance perspectives on responsible aquaculture

18 Jan 2019

Guest blog from the Global Aquaculture Alliance tells how standards in aquaculture are improving.

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Trawler_FB

Blog Brexit commotion mustn’t spell bad news for the environment

Sandy Luk 17 Jan 2019

There’s one critical aspect of political uncertainty that we must keep on saying: Environmental protection must not just be maintained, but improved, whatever scenario results.

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Team Status Row

Blog Celebrating the New Year in the middle of The Atlantic

7 Jan 2019

Team Status Row are three intrepid women with no rowing experience who are currently on track to become just the second all-female trio to row across the Atlantic. They’re taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest row, raising funds for MCS and awareness of plastic pollution. Read their latest updates from the middle of nowhere.

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David Melding Wales DRS

Press Release Assembly Members try out deposit return machine

30 Jan 2019

Wales’ leading marine charity has taken a deposit return machine into the Senedd to give Assembly Members the opportunity to see how a deposit return scheme (DRS) could work.

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Fish & Chip Awards 2019

Press Release Cornish fish and chip shop batters the competition for the best sustainable fish supper

25 Jan 2019

Penzance-based Frasers Fish and Chips, won the Marine Conservation Society (MCS)-sponsored Good Catch Award.

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Press Release MCS response to Resources and Waste Strategy

18 Dec 2018

Dr Chris Tuckett, Director of Programmes at the Marine Conservation Society, comments on the Resources and Waste Strategy announced today by DEFRA.

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Team Status Row

Press Release Three women, a boat, the Atlantic and whole load of plastic

11 Dec 2018

Team Status Row take on the world’s toughest row to increase awareness of plastic pollution, raising funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

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Lords

Press Release Prestigious UK sporting venues and clubs come together to tackle single-use plastic pollution

4 Dec 2018

A meeting organised by the British Association for Sustainable Sport, the Marine Conservation Society and the #OneLess campaign gathered senior figures from leading sports venues, clubs and events to address the issue of single-use plastics and explore ways to reduce them from their venues and events.

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Swansea beachclean

Press Release Record numbers clean up in 25th Great British Beach Clean around Welsh coasts

29 Nov 2018

Over 1,300 volunteers in Wales have taken part in this year’s Great British Beach Clean, organised by the Marine Conservation Society. The charity has published the event’s report online and not only does it show record breaking volunteer and beach event numbers it also re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on UK beaches.

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Blog MCS making waves at International Marine Conference

Catherine Gemmell 22 Feb 2019

What a week! From Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon posting our inflatable Leatherback Turtle on Instagram, to HRH Prince Charles encouraging everyone to take part in the Great British Beach Clean in a key note address, it was fantastic to see the recognition of MCS and our incredible volunteers at Scotland’s first International Marine Conference.

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Thames - london

News River Thames - polluted by single-use items

Clare Fischer 21 Feb 2019

A series of river cleans, carried out by MCS and Thames21, along the Thames and its tributaries has revealed that more than 80% of litter found in the UK’s most iconic river, and 78% on its tributaries, was made up of single-use items such as metal drink cans, food packaging and plastic drinks bottles.

Read More


Tampon applicator - beach litter

News Sturgeon - reusable sanitary products will tackle pollution in Scottish seas

Clare Fischer 20 Feb 2019

A campaign to promote reusable sanitary products has been announced by Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, as part of moves to protect the marine environment. MCS Beachwatch data shows Scotland’s beaches have double the national average of litter that’s wrongly flushed down toilets.

Read More


Fishing boats dock

Blog Wales and the UK Fisheries Bill - what's needed for sustainable fishing

20 Feb 2019

Fisheries management is never straight forward – particularly for the many mixed fisheries in Wales. But post–Brexit, we should be able to build on what we already have as part of the EU says MCS leads on fisheries and Wales, Sam Stone and Gill Bell.

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VIN AND OMI

News Ocean optimism at London Fashion Week

Erin O'Neill 18 Feb 2019

Fashion and multimedia designers VIN + OMI have debuted their eco-fashion show ‘Planet Rewind’ at London Fashion Week. Bags and belts from the collection and proceeds made from their sale are being donated to MCS in a fish meets fashion collaboration.

Read More


 
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