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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Litter has increased by 135% since 1994, with plastics increasing by a staggering 180%

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Around 40% of UK beach litter can be directly sourced to the public


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News New Fisheries Act misses the mark on sustainability, but what now?

23 Nov 2020

Today, the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has become law and a better future for our seas remains beyond the horizon.

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News THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER - Get ready for a night of Ocean Optimism!

17 Nov 2020

It’s not long now until our first ever online AGM and Conference and we want to make sure you don’t miss out - time to look out for your joining details

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Tara and Lindsay Grant at St Andrews GBBC 2020

News Kitted out for beach cleaning in Scotland

11 Nov 2020

Thanks to Zero Waste Scotland, dedicated volunteers across Scotland received a much-needed helping hand. Find out more about their beach cleaning efforts.

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Young beach cleaners 2020

News Great British Beach Clean 2020 results: PPE pollution on the rise on UK's beaches

Victoria Riglen 6 Nov 2020

Find out this results of this year’s Great British Beach Clean (18-25th September 2020)

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Compass Jellyfish - Abercastle

News World Jellyfish Day: Some of the jellyfish superstars you can spot on UK shores

Victoria Riglen 2 Nov 2020

How well do you know your jellies? We’ve rounded up seven jellyfish you could spot on UK shores…

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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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Youth beach clean

Blog The Power of Youth Charter and how we're getting involved

19 Nov 2020

We’ve signed the Power of Youth Charter and committed to amplifying the voices of young people. Learn more about the Charter and what we’re doing.

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Green turtle

Blog Turtle recovery: our work in the British Virgin Islands

10 Nov 2020

The pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, and this includes our important marine conservation work. We’re finding new ways to adapt and adjust to the challenging situation.

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Water Waves

Blog EU set to ban all PFAS 'forever chemicals' in new strategy

9 Nov 2020

In a newly released Chemicals Strategy the EU Commission is set to ban all PFAS ‘forever chemicals’ from non-essential use. Will this pave the wave for the UK government to follow suit?

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Blog What’s on in Education at MCS

30 Oct 2020

We’ve got lots on offer over the coming months to help young people learn about our ocean, wherever they are learning at the moment. If you’re a teacher, group leader or home educator, read on for a roundup of resources and news from our Education Team.

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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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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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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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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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fishing vessels

News New Fisheries Act misses the mark on sustainability, but what now?

23 Nov 2020

Today, the UK’s landmark post-Brexit fisheries legislation has become law and a better future for our seas remains beyond the horizon.

Read More


Youth beach clean

Blog The Power of Youth Charter and how we're getting involved

19 Nov 2020

We’ve signed the Power of Youth Charter and committed to amplifying the voices of young people. Learn more about the Charter and what we’re doing.

Read More


News THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER - Get ready for a night of Ocean Optimism!

17 Nov 2020

It’s not long now until our first ever online AGM and Conference and we want to make sure you don’t miss out - time to look out for your joining details

Read More


Tara and Lindsay Grant at St Andrews GBBC 2020

News Kitted out for beach cleaning in Scotland

11 Nov 2020

Thanks to Zero Waste Scotland, dedicated volunteers across Scotland received a much-needed helping hand. Find out more about their beach cleaning efforts.

Read More


Green turtle

Blog Turtle recovery: our work in the British Virgin Islands

10 Nov 2020

The pandemic has affected all aspects of our lives, and this includes our important marine conservation work. We’re finding new ways to adapt and adjust to the challenging situation.

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