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HRH Coral Collaboration 2018

Blog Collaborating to save the corals

Jean-Luc Solandt 14 Feb 2018

MCS has been attending a meeting to discuss the future resilience of coral reefs in this, the third ‘International Year of the Reef’. MCS President, HRH Prince Charles, addressed the invited audience, saying the stakes are high and time short when it comes to coral reefs. Prince Harry, who has an interest in the issue, was also in attendance. MCS’ Dr Jean-Luc Solandt was there – read his blog.

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Live beachclean

Blog Stand by studio – we're beach cleaning on live radio

Lizzie Prior 6 Feb 2018

We’ve been beach cleaning live on the radio. Lizzie Prior, the MCS Beach and River Clean Project Officer, headed to the north west where she had a litter picker in one hand and mic in the other as she joined the Rossall Beach Buddies cleaning up Cleveleys.

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Pulse trawl

Blog A debate for science or emotion - or is it just too soon to legalise the widespread use of electricity to catch fish?

Samuel Stone 26 Jan 2018

The use of electricity in the marine environment is currently banned under EU technical regulations, but a series of derogations for scientific and data collection purposes have made it possible for (primarily) the Dutch to roll out the electric pulse fishing method on a large scale over the last decade.

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Blog What the 25 year plan says about our seas

Richard Harrington 15 Jan 2018

Much of the coverage of the Government’s 25 year plan to improve the natural environment has concentrated on how plastic pollution will be reduced. But the report also contained plans for fisheries, education and marine protection. Are those plans more ambitious or are they as vague as the plastic promises? MCS staff have been taking a look.

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Blog Village bans plastic straws after school campaign

Catherine Gemmell 21 Dec 2017

It was fantastic to hear from our Cool Seas Explorers at Sunnyside Primary that their amazing #NaeStrawAtAw campaign has succeeded in making Ullapool potentially the first plastic straw free village in the UK!

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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 looking 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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Blog Getting seaweed savvy with the Big Seaweed Search

Jules Agate 8 Sep 2017

Our South West Volunteer Manager Jules Agate has been seeing seaweeds in a new light with the Big Seaweed Search (BSS). Read on to find out all about her macro algae adventures!

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Blog Choosing sustainable seafood

Rajina Gurung 6 Sep 2017

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Do you love eating seafood but aren’t sure if what you’re eating is sustainable…

We asked chef Mike King, one of Compass Group UK & Ireland’s expert culinary team, for his top tips on how to choose the best seafood.

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Blog We have got the bottle!

Richard Harrington 5 Sep 2017

Deposit return system on the way for Scotland

Buoyed by today’s announcement in Scottish Parliament, MCS Scotland Conservation Officer Catherine Gemmell describes what it has been like on the campaign trail for a deposit return system, and her thoughts on what needs to happen now for it to be a success.

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Blog The Beluga II Expediton comes to a close

27 Jun 2017

By: Fiona Nicholls, Greenpeace campaigner

Throughout May and June, Greenpeace’s ship the Beluga II set out on a two-month scientific voyage around Scotland’s coastlines, investigating the impact of ocean plastic pollution on some of the UK’s most beautiful landscapes and iconic wildlife.

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Blog Choose Sustainable Seasonal Seafood on World Ocean's Day

Rajina Gurung 8 Jun 2017

Today it’s World Oceans Day and around the world people are celebrating the ocean. We love the sea for so many reasons, many people rely on it for jobs, for fun, to store carbon, for food and much more. But sometimes we forget that the wild caught fish we eat are actually creatures from wild populations that need careful management if we are all to keep enjoying them. 90% of global fish stocks are either fully or overfished!

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Blog MCS taking to the waves with Greenpeace

17 May 2017

Tonight will mark the official launch of the two-month Greenpeace expedition around Scotland’s shores highlighting the issue of marine litter and some of the impacts it’s having on Scotland’s incredible biodiversity.


Blog Our ratings on haddock in the North Sea, West of Scotland and Skagerrak explained

Sandy Luk 23 Mar 2017

Fisheries management has actually been improving a lot over the last decade, and the UK industry has helped a huge amount by developing new ways to fish more selectively and record more data. The Scottish industry has played a leading role in such work.

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Blog What does the sea mean to you?

Charlotte Coombes 23 Mar 2017

“It defines who I am, who I have been and who I will be.” What does the sea mean to you? What do you value about it? If it disappeared tomorrow, what would you miss?

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Blog Where do turtles have star-bellies and nest in the day? The Seychelles!

Rachel Wyatt 20 Feb 2017

Having spent the last seven years working for the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) in the UK, I couldn’t pass up the chance to meet up with MCS Seychelles (MCSS) while visiting these beautiful islands.

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Blog Sky News joins MCS to kick-start campaign

Catherine Gemmell 25 Jan 2017

Tonight, (8pm, 25th January 2017) Sky News will be showing a documentary called ‘A Plastic Tide’ highlighting the issue of plastic pollution and highlighting what we can all do to stop this incoming plastic tide - and even turn it around. This is just the start of their new and exciting campaign “Ocean Rescue”. Our Senior Pollution Policy Officer Sue Kinsey attended these first few meetings and they were very keen on our amazing Beachwatch citizen science project.

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Blog The travelling marine biologist - back in action in 2017!

Lauren Eyles 18 Jan 2017

Continuing my quest to help protect Australian marine life, I have been moving around New South Wales and Queensland attending and running events and sharing expertise with fellow colleagues. I kicked off the new year with a beach clean organised by Sea Shepard at Sirius Cove in Sydney. In just a couple of hours, 4000 items of litter were collected weighing 91 kg. Many of their practices and information given to volunteers was the same as the UK, as you would expect.

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Blog The travelling marine biologist down under

Lauren Eyles 27 Dec 2016

For the past couple of weeks, I have been lucky enough to spend time working with the Australian Marine Conservation Society. During my time here, based on the beautiful Northern beaches in Sydney, I have been working with one of the charity’s marine campaigners to build support for a marine park in Sydney - the Hawkesbury Shelf Bioregion.

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Blog The Manchester giant grouper

Richard Harrington, Richard Harrington 21 Dec 2016

The Manchester giant grouper: putting Manchester on the map for the wrong reasons. Last week we were greeted with the regrettable news that a grouper, “the third largest fish of its kind on record”, an animal that lived out its life around the tropical coral reefs of the Indian Ocean, was flown to a fish market in Manchester, UK. What can be learned - or gained - from its fate?

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Blog How fisheries are run in the Pacific Northeast - part 2

Samuel Stone 22 Nov 2016

Alaskan Seafood: a visit to learn how fisheries are run in the Pacific northeast.

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Blog How fisheries are run in the Pacific Northeast - part 1

Samuel Stone 9 Nov 2016

Alaskan Seafood: a visit to learn how fisheries are run in the Pacific northeast. In July this year, I took an amazing opportunity to learn more about the Alaskan seafood industry and travelled with a team of UK and European commercial seafood representatives to visit some key fishing ports in the region.

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Blog Future aquaculture challenges and innovation

Dawn Purchase 22 Sep 2016

The GOAL aquaculture conference here in China has just finished for this year. It has once again been an opportunity to learn and share ideas and information with a wide range of people from every sector and corner of the globe.

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Blog GOAL Aquaculture conference starts

Dawn Purchase 20 Sep 2016

The annual Global Aquaculture Alliance GOAL conference opened today with a fantastic opening traditional drumming ceremony.

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Blog Experiences from China

Dawn Purchase 18 Sep 2016

I am very fortunate to find myself in Guangzhou, South East China, attending the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) GOAL conference. As part of GAA Standards Oversight Committee we are invited to attend these annual conferences as part of our role.

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Blog We need to protect, cherish and love our seas

6 Sep 2016

NGOs are oft-criticised for crying wolf. Yet time-scales of people’s lives are extremely short relative to the geological change that occurs on the planet. Adaptation and evolution are extremely slow, clumsy processes that take time to catch up with environmental conditions. So, if those conditions change abruptly (over decades, centuries), ecosystems generally ‘change state’. And the shift in the condition of the planet is only apparent to current generations, with each successive generation forgetting the ecosystem of their parents.

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