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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News Our chance to tell the Scottish Government to tackle single-use plastic

27 Oct 2020

Do you want to make a huge difference to the amount of plastic we throw away each year? Then read on. The Scottish Government is asking if you think single-use plastic items like cutlery, stirrers, and cups should be banned in Scotland.

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Kelp

News Climate, the sea and me: join us at the Youth Climate Summit

27 Oct 2020

Are you a young ocean lover? Do you want to know more about the struggles facing our oceans and what young people can do to change them? Or are you a teacher who wants to help inspire the next generation of ocean optimists? Join us at this year’s Youth Climate Summit.

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News Treatment Success for Sick Turks and Caicos Corals

20 Oct 2020

We have worked to support marine conservation in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for nearly two decades, building strong links with our local environmental partners. One of our key allies, the Turks and Caicos Islands Reef Fund (TCRF), have been tackling a highly lethal coral disease.

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News The government’s last chance to #FixOurFisheries

Victoria Riglen 8 Oct 2020

Next Tuesday (13th October) the Fisheries Bill returns to the House of Commons for the final time. This is the government’s last chance to #FixOurFisheries.

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News Is your seabass dolphin friendly? New Good Fish Guide ratings out now

Erin O'Neill 6 Oct 2020

Our latest Good Fish Guide ratings are out today and we’re sad to see seabass from the Southern Bay of Biscay entering our red rated ‘Fish to Avoid’ list.

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News Single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton bud sticks banned in England from today

Victoria Riglen 1 Oct 2020

From today it is illegal for businesses to supply single-use plastic straws, stirrers and cotton buds to customers in England as the government’s ban comes into force. The long awaited ban, which had been delayed for six months, will slow the tide of plastic polluting the UK’s beaches.

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Blog From petition to legislation: how your signature makes an impact

13 Oct 2020

So, you’ve signed the petition, but now what? The road from petition to legislation isn’t always simple, but Dr Laura Foster, our Head of Clean Seas, lifts the lid on how your signature brings about change.

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Scarborough beach rain

Blog Final chance to #FixOurFisheries

9 Oct 2020

As the Fisheries Bill makes it’s way through Parliament, our Fisheries Policy Advocate Clara Johnston tells us why the government can’t pass up on this golden opportunity to fix our fisheries for a sustainable future.

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Giant Pacific Octopus

Blog 5 facts you didn’t know about octopuses

8 Oct 2020

Octopuses are truly amazing! To mark World Octopus Day 2020, here are 5 things you might not know about these remarkable creatures.

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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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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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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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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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News Our chance to tell the Scottish Government to tackle single-use plastic

27 Oct 2020

Do you want to make a huge difference to the amount of plastic we throw away each year? Then read on. The Scottish Government is asking if you think single-use plastic items like cutlery, stirrers, and cups should be banned in Scotland.

Read More


Kelp

News Climate, the sea and me: join us at the Youth Climate Summit

27 Oct 2020

Are you a young ocean lover? Do you want to know more about the struggles facing our oceans and what young people can do to change them? Or are you a teacher who wants to help inspire the next generation of ocean optimists? Join us at this year’s Youth Climate Summit.

Read More


TCI Coral garden main

News Treatment Success for Sick Turks and Caicos Corals

20 Oct 2020

We have worked to support marine conservation in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) for nearly two decades, building strong links with our local environmental partners. One of our key allies, the Turks and Caicos Islands Reef Fund (TCRF), have been tackling a highly lethal coral disease.

Read More


Wave

Blog From petition to legislation: how your signature makes an impact

13 Oct 2020

So, you’ve signed the petition, but now what? The road from petition to legislation isn’t always simple, but Dr Laura Foster, our Head of Clean Seas, lifts the lid on how your signature brings about change.

Read More


Scarborough beach rain

Blog Final chance to #FixOurFisheries

9 Oct 2020

As the Fisheries Bill makes it’s way through Parliament, our Fisheries Policy Advocate Clara Johnston tells us why the government can’t pass up on this golden opportunity to fix our fisheries for a sustainable future.

Read More


 
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