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Our Story

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) grew from the hard work and forward-thinking of a great number of people, many of whom still actively support us today.

© Jakob Owens

There was a growing awareness about the state of our seas in the early 1970s, especially amongst scientists and SCUBA divers, who devised Underwater Conservation Year 1977. This event was especially championed by the late Bernard Eaton, together with eminent scientists and public figures including HRH The Prince of Wales, who continues his unwavering support for MCS as our President today. The event gave momentum to form the Underwater Conservation Society, with a single paid project officer (firstly Dr Charles Sheppard then, for many years, Dr Bob Earll). The name “Marine Conservation Society” was officially adopted and registered with the Charity Commission in 1983.

Since that time, MCS has achieved major successes in protecting special wildlife, tackling sewage problems, helping the seafood-buying public, and influencing Government and industry.

Today, more than 6,000 supporters fund our work through membership, donations, and turtle adoption schemes.

And more than 10,000 MCS volunteers clean up our beaches each year, and help us tackle marine litter at source.

Many millions of people are now aware of our vital work through our sustainable seafood, pollution and wildlife programmes, wildlife recording surveys, campaigns and education work.

Actions you can take

  1. Read our annual reports and reviews
  2. Take part in our latest campaigns

Did you know?…

MCS started in 1983 in a garden shed in Herefordshire

MCS launched the Good Fish Guide in 2001 to help people make good seafood choices

MCS first launched the Good Beach Guide in 1987 as a book to highlight the woeful state of the UK’s bathing waters

Night at the museum

Join MCS and special guests for a night at the museum. Tuesday 6th November 2018 5:30pm. Includes our AGM. Supported by our partner Glenmorangie

Book tickets