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News The UK’s marine "Blue Belt" is expanding to protect rare seabirds' habitats.

5 Dec 2017

Nearly 150,000 rare seabirds, including the little tern and black-throated diver will benefit from moves to expand the Blue Belt, which is made up of classified Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

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News The UK’s marine "Blue Belt" is expanding to protect rare seabirds' habitats.

5 Dec 2017

Nearly 150,000 rare seabirds, including the little tern and black-throated diver will benefit from moves to expand the Blue Belt, which is made up of classified Special Protection Areas (SPAs).

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News Largest marine reserve in the world comes into effect in Antarctica

1 Dec 2017

The world’s biggest marine reserve in Antarctica officially comes into effect today and it’s being called a “watershed” moment in conservation. The marine protected area in the Ross Sea covers 1.5 million square km and some 72% is a “no-take” zone where all fishing is forbidden.

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News Largest marine reserve in the world comes into effect in Antarctica

1 Dec 2017

The world’s biggest marine reserve in Antarctica officially comes into effect today and it’s being called a “watershed” moment in conservation. The marine protected area in the Ross Sea covers 1.5 million square km and some 72% is a “no-take” zone where all fishing is forbidden.

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News Canada achieves important 5% marine conservation milestone

30 Oct 2017

The Government of Canada has said it’s reached its target of increasing the protection of marine and coastal areas to 5%. It’s part of the Government commitment to a marine environment protected from human activity.

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News MCS adds voice in welcoming moves to ramp up protection of endangered species

27 Oct 2017

Moves to increase protection of species ranging from sharks to chimpanzees have been welcomed by wildlife campaigners including MCS.

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News MCS adds voice in welcoming moves to ramp up protection of endangered species

27 Oct 2017

Moves to increase protection of species ranging from sharks to chimpanzees have been welcomed by wildlife campaigners including MCS.

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News Welsh Government disappoints on the protection of sealife, again

3 Oct 2017

Cabinet Secretary Lesley Griffiths fails to commit resources for marine protected areas despite recommendations from the Assembly.

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News Great news for Sussex Seas: marine protected areas for people and wildlife

16 Jan 2017

Friday saw the announcement of better protection for Sussex seas.

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News Take action for Falmouth Bay!

28 Sep 2016

Help us keep this wondrous underwater world safe.

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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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News Emergency Conservation Order for Wester Ross

20 Aug 2015

Emergency Conservation Order for Wester Ross After evidence emerged of a scallop dredger towing in a protected area, the Scottish Government has put in place an urgent Marine Conservation Order (MCO) to safeguard fragile seabed habitats off Wester Ross in northwest Scotland.

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News MCS publishes new research on making Marine Protected Areas more effective

11 Nov 2014

MCS publishes new research on making Marine Protected Areas more effective MCS’s marine protection expert, Dr Jean-Luc Solandt has collaborated with international scientists to publish research, using evidence from around the world, on how to make Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) work more effectively.

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News Scottish seas set for 30 new Marine Protected Areas after historic announcement

24 Jul 2014

Scottish seas set for 30 new Marine Protected Areas after historic announcement MCS staff and supporters have been a major influence in lengthy process Calum Duncan, MCS Scotland Programme Manager and Convenor of Scottish Environment LINK’s marine taskforce, says the Scottish Government’s announcement to more than double the size of an emerging network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is welcome news for country’s hidden underwater wonderlands and a great step forward in the right direction.

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News Scottish seas set for 30 Marine Protected Areas after historic announcement

24 Jul 2014

Scottish seas set for 30 Marine Protected Areas after historic announcement Calum Duncan, MCS Scotland Programme Manager and Convenor of Scottish Environment LINK’s marine taskforce says the Scottish Government’s announcement to more than double the size of an emerging network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) is welcome news for country’s hidden underwater wonderlands.

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News MPA Inquiry Report says Government must show more commitment to protecting English seas

20 Jun 2014

MPA Inquiry Report says Government must show more commitment to protecting English seas Report must act as a wake up call says MCS We welcome the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s Marine Protected Area Inquiry Report, published today.

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News Success of marine protected areas found to depend on five key features

6 Feb 2014

Success of marine protected areas found to depend on five key features A paper just published in the journal Nature gives some insights into just how well marine protected areas (MPAs) are faring in delivering on their conservation potential.

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News Historic summer to save Scotland's seas

25 Jul 2013

Historic summer to save Scotland’s seas The heat is on for the public show of support for marine protection for Scotland’s fabulous seas MCS in Scotland says today’s launch (25th July 2013) of a public consultation on a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), both around the coast and further offshore, could be the turning point in reversing the decline of Scottish seas - so vital to the economy of the country.

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News Scottish seas are worth their weight in gold to economy and public well-being says new report

16 Jul 2013

Scottish seas are worth their weight in gold to economy and public well-being says new report Monetary and emotional value of protecting our seas cannot be ignored, says MCS For the first time a study of divers and anglers has revealed that the creation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in UK seas will not only benefit habitats and wildlife, but will also bring considerable economic benefits and have a positive effect on the well-being of sea and coastal users.

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News Scotland's economy could get £10billion boost from network of marine protection

3 Dec 2012

Scotland’s economy could get £10billion boost from network of marine protection MCS says true value could be even greater Creating a network of Scottish marine protected areas (MPAs) could provide benefits to Scotland to the tune of ú10billion, and potentially more, according to a new report.

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News Crawfish sightings off Lundy - clear evidence of the benefits of protecting our seas says MCS

14 Jun 2012

Crawfish sightings off Lundy - clear evidence of the benefits of protecting our seas says MCS Rare sea fans also recovering in an area free from damaging activities Divers say the reefs around Lundy Island off the North Devon coast are becoming healthier with recovery of sea fan populations clearly seen and nationally scarce species spotted in number.

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News MCS and IFFO back marine mammal and turtle conservation in South America

30 May 2012

MCS and IFFO back marine mammal and turtle conservation in South America MCS is backing an initiative by one of IFFO’s (the International Fishmeal and Fish Oil Organisation) members, the Compa ” “a Pesquera Camanchaca (Camanchaca), which aims to teach fishermen the art of environmental stewardship, better protecting marine animals including dolphins, sea turtles and sharks.

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News Report on World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

4 Oct 2011

Politicians must listen to evidence from World Conference on Marine Biodiversity A team from MCS has just returned from the World Conference on Marine Biodiversity in Aberdeen with the message that the incredible research in the field must be used as a basis for change and improvement.

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News The UK Marine and Coastal Access Act

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The UK Marine & Coastal Access Act The UK Marine & Coastal Access Act commits the UK to an ambitious approach to managing the marine environment that will include establishing Marine Conservation Zones, a Marine Planning system, inshore fisheries reform, streamlining of licensing, establishment of a Marine Management Organisation (for England and UK matters) and coastal access provisions.

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