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Grey Seal at Farne Islands Mark Kirkland

The seas capture more carbon than trees. Help the ocean combat the climate crisis.

A healthy ocean is crucial to the health of the planet

Our ocean is a potential hero in the fight against climate change. When healthy, it can capture nearly a third of our carbon emissions.

Yet our seas are becoming more polluted, precious habitats are being destroyed and human activity is damaging the ocean's ability to combat the climate crisis.

Thong weed seaweed isle of Coll Scotland Mark Kirkland

Credit: Mark Kirkland

We're passionate about helping our ocean recover. Will you join us?

Please join our community of supporters, volunteers and ocean experts. You will play a vital role in our work to:

Clean up our seas

Pollution is one of the five main drivers of the current biodiversity crisis. From single use plastics to microfibres, wet wipes to forever chemicals.

If we don’t act, our ocean will be poisoned by pollution – taking marine life and our planet’s health with it.

Protect marine life

93% of global fish stocks are fully or over-exploited. Less than 1% of our seas are well-managed. And 40% of marine mammals are currently under threat.

We need to ensure our seafood comes from sustainable sources and bring in policies to maintain healthy fish stocks and a healthy ocean.

Combat the climate crisis

In the UK alone, we have destroyed 90% of our seagrass beds. These important plants, once common around our shores, absorb carbon faster than the rainforests.

The more we continue to damage our ocean and its inhabitants, the less able we are to tackle the climate crisis.

What joining us will mean

You’ll make our hands-on conservation work possible, whether that’s protecting kelp off the coast of Sussex or sea turtles in the Turks and Caicos islands

You'll have the opportunity to take part in our citizen science projects, such as beach cleans or underwater surveys

You can join in our campaigns to persuade governments and businesses to make the right choices for our ocean and our future

You’ll learn how to shop for sustainable seafood and how to minimise your plastic usage

You can join our online communities and keep up to date with all the big issues through our magazine and emails

Whether on the coast, under the sea or far from it, our community makes a real difference to the health of the ocean and the health of our planet.

Young Volunteer at the Great British Beach Clean on Eastney Beach 2020 Billy Barraclough

Credit: Billy Barraclough

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Join the Marine Conservation Society today

By becoming a member of the Marine Conservation Society, you’ll receive the following:

  • A digital or physical welcome pack including our ‘living without plastic’ guide and seashore safari booklet
  • Three editions of Marine Conservation magazine every year
  • Invitations to our supporter events
  • The knowledge that your money is directly helping marine wildlife for future generations.
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