Sunset at Dunraven Bay Wales Helen Hotson

Our focus in Wales

Welsh seas are truly special. They’re where warm and food-rich waters collide with colder seas.

We’ve been working in Wales for almost 20 years. We helped drive the introduction of a ban on scalloping in vulnerable areas and create the first Wales National Marine Plan.

After nearly a decade’s campaigning, Wales was the first UK nation to introduce the carrier bag charge – since then, the number of plastic bags found on Welsh beaches during our beach cleans have consistently fallen.

We’ve given evidence to numerous Welsh Government consultations and welcomed nearly thousands of volunteers, including the First Minister, to beach cleans across the country, and numerous Senedd Members have signed up as marine species champions.

Puffin on Skomer Island Wales John Archer-Thompson

Credit: John Archer-Thompson

Protection and management of Wales’ seas are devolved to the Welsh Government. With half of Wales’ waters technically protected, they should be thriving – but they’re not.

The protection of Welsh seas must be an urgent priority for the government. We’re constantly working to influence the Welsh Parliament through our advocacy work to make this happen.

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