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 Reports herald the start of turtle stranding season

Clare Fischer 14 Dec 2017

A leatherback turtle found tangled in rope off Orkney, and a rare Kemp’s Ridley discovered injured on a Cornish beach, could be just the start of a number of turtle strandings around the UK says an MCS turtle expert.

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News Fishing levels set too high as Government claims boost for fishers

Clare Fischer 13 Dec 2017

After annual negotiations in Brussels, a number of stocks will continue to be fished above levels advised by scientists this year says MCS. Some species are found in UK waters including haddock in the Southern Celtic sea and English Chanel, herring in the Irish sea, Celtic sea and off the South West of Ireland and whiting stocks in the West of Scotland and Irish sea.

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News Wet wipes causing serious problems to the environment, new study

Clare Fischer 13 Dec 2017

A new report by Water UK, the membership body for UK water providers, reveals wipes made up around 93% of the material causing the sewer blockages which the study investigated. A high proportion are baby wipes which are designed not to be flushed. It back the MCS call for only putting the 3Ps down the loo - pee, poo and paper.

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News 'Six pack' holders and discarded fishing gear - guilty of killing marine turtles according to new research

Clare Fischer 12 Dec 2017

The rise in plastic refuse in the ocean and on beaches is killing turtles of all species, with a disproportionate impact on hatchlings and young turtles, according to new research by the University of Exeter.

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News No long transition on fishing rights post Brexit says fishers leaders

Clare Fischer 11 Dec 2017

The leader of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation has said a ‘bridge’ of no more than nine months is required to protect fishing interests as Britain leaves the EU, whilst MCS says that regardless of the length of the transition period, there’s a huge amount of work to be done to replace the work of numerous EU bodies

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Blog MCS co hosts #CleanBeachesScotland Parliamentary Event in Holyrood

Catherine Gemmell, Calum Duncan 15 Dec 2017

MCS co-hosted nine MSPs and 50 guests at an event where over twenty organisations celebrated what Scotland has achieved so far in tackling marine litter and took a look forward to the next steps we can all take, from individuals and communities to industry and government to #STOPthePlasticTide.

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Blog MCS at the European Coral Reef Symposium - but will younger delegates have seen what I've seen? asks Dr Jean-Luc Solandt (aged 48)

Jean-Luc Solandt 15 Dec 2017

We’ve loved our coral reefs ‘to death’ says MCS reef expert Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, as he reflects on his coral journey from naïve manchild to withered old cynic.

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Blog Our Sunday nights may never be the same – so now it's time to spread the Blue Planet II message 24/7

Clare Fischer 11 Dec 2017

When the closing credits of Blue Planet II rolled, if it hadn’t been so cold I’d have opened my window listened to the collective wailing and gnashing of teeth from all corners of the country, nay the globe - streaming the programme slowed down the Chinese interweb! - as one of the most memorable pieces of television came to an end.

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Blog Blue Planet 2 has surfaced!

Richard Harrington 29 Oct 2017

So, we’ve all taken a collective deep breath, and episode one of the BBC Blue Planet 2 series has come to the surface. After 6,000 hours of filming underwater, and 1,500 days on location in waters of at least 37 different countries, expectations have been running high. All BBC channels have been building up to the series launch. Radiohead contributed to the soundtrack. How much bigger could a nature series be? Does the series deliver what it has promised?

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Blog Reef Check Maldives – why the concern from 'outsiders'?

Jean-Luc Solandt 6 Oct 2017

Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, expedition scientist for Biosphere Expeditions Maldives, Reef Check Co-ordionator for the Maldives and MCS Marine Protected Areas Specialist explains why Reef Check Maldives is so important for the country.

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Press Release Fife marine conservation volunteer on a mission to stop people putting the wrong stuff down the loo

Clare Fischer 13 Nov 2017

Take the 3P Pledge and put only pee, poo and paper down the pan, says Jo!

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Press Release Seahorse show stopper to grace 'Cake International'

Clare Fischer 3 Nov 2017

Cornish cake company creation will be cut up to raise funds for Marine Conservation Society

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Press Release Marine Conservation Society launches colourful cartoons to highlight coastal poo-llution issues

2 Nov 2017

The UK’s leading marine conservation charity has launched a campaign to highlight how little things we do in our daily lives – often miles away from the coast – can have a massive effect on the quality of our coastal waters.

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Press Release There may be bigger fish to fry, but now small sprat are big on sustainability!

6 Oct 2017

Marine Conservation Society gives these hardy little fish from the Baltic a green Good Fish Guide rating

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Press Release Big support for coffee cup charges in Scotland

4 Oct 2017

New poll suggest over 70% would happily pay deposit on single-use takeaway cups

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Blog MCS co hosts #CleanBeachesScotland Parliamentary Event in Holyrood

Catherine Gemmell, Calum Duncan 15 Dec 2017

MCS co-hosted nine MSPs and 50 guests at an event where over twenty organisations celebrated what Scotland has achieved so far in tackling marine litter and took a look forward to the next steps we can all take, from individuals and communities to industry and government to #STOPthePlasticTide.

Read More


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Blog MCS at the European Coral Reef Symposium - but will younger delegates have seen what I've seen? asks Dr Jean-Luc Solandt (aged 48)

Jean-Luc Solandt 15 Dec 2017

We’ve loved our coral reefs ‘to death’ says MCS reef expert Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, as he reflects on his coral journey from naïve manchild to withered old cynic.

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News Reports herald the start of turtle stranding season

Clare Fischer 14 Dec 2017

A leatherback turtle found tangled in rope off Orkney, and a rare Kemp’s Ridley discovered injured on a Cornish beach, could be just the start of a number of turtle strandings around the UK says an MCS turtle expert.

Read More


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News Fishing levels set too high as Government claims boost for fishers

Clare Fischer 13 Dec 2017

After annual negotiations in Brussels, a number of stocks will continue to be fished above levels advised by scientists this year says MCS. Some species are found in UK waters including haddock in the Southern Celtic sea and English Chanel, herring in the Irish sea, Celtic sea and off the South West of Ireland and whiting stocks in the West of Scotland and Irish sea.

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News Wet wipes causing serious problems to the environment, new study

Clare Fischer 13 Dec 2017

A new report by Water UK, the membership body for UK water providers, reveals wipes made up around 93% of the material causing the sewer blockages which the study investigated. A high proportion are baby wipes which are designed not to be flushed. It back the MCS call for only putting the 3Ps down the loo - pee, poo and paper.

Read More