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News Seahorse clutches at a cotton bud

20 Nov 2017

Wildlife photographer Justin Hofman’s photograph tells a sickening story in just one glance.

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News Monsters from the sewers take to the roads across the east of England

Clare Fischer 17 Nov 2017

A fleet of water recycling vans, complete with monstrous graphics that warn of the dangers of flushing wipes and putting fat down the sink, take the roads in the Anglian Water region from today. The monsters have been created as part of the MCS “unflushables” campaign, with the support of Anglian Water.

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News Nurseries ban glitter to protect the environment

Clare Fischer 17 Nov 2017

MCS says a glitter ban at a group of children’s nurseries across the south of England due to concerns about the damage it does to the environment, is a small step that could lead to greater and has praised the proactive approach.

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News Bathing water results for England announced

Richard Harrington 14 Nov 2017

England’s beaches keep a consistently good level of water quality, according to results of this season’s testing announced today

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News Rare “prehistoric shark” found off the coast of Portugal

Irene Lorenzo 14 Nov 2017

Researchers have accidentally captured a frilled shark, a “living fossil” dating back at least 95 million years. The prehistoric fish was found in a pile of unwanted catch, where it unfortunately died shortly after being caught.

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News 6 fun facts you didn’t know about corals

Irene Lorenzo 10 Nov 2017

Who said corals can’t be fun? Here are 6 fun facts you (probably) didn’t know about corals.

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News Body of 'Thames Dolphin' found washed up at Wandsworth

Clare Fischer 10 Nov 2017

A two-metre long dolphin that had been spotted swimming down a stretch of the River Thames for over a week has died. Preliminary results from a post-mortem revealed the creature was undernourished, probably quite old and missing some of its teeth

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News Celebrating our Blue Planet

Richard Harrington 9 Nov 2017

8th November 2017: A packed house of MCS supporters and friends enjoyed a night to remember, celebrating our blue planet with special guests, film clips and stories linked to the landmark Blue Planet II BBC series. Top of the bill, two of the series producers showed clips and out-takes, and told their intriguing tales in making this epic TV event.

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News Crime-scene technique used to track turtles

Clare Fischer 6 Nov 2017

Scientists have used satellite tracking and techniques used in crime-scene detection to discover an important feeding ground for green turtles in the Mediterranean. Researchers measured “stable isotope ratios” – a chemical signature also used by forensic scientists.

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News MCS joins ​150​ ​organisations​ ​backing ​call​ ​to​ ​ban​ ​oxo-degradable​ ​plastic​ ​packaging

6 Nov 2017

Oxo-degradable​ ​plastic​ ​packaging is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it degrades into harmless residues. But new research reveals significant evidence that it actually fragments into tiny plastic pieces, contributing to microplastic pollution.

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News Take a trip into the deep ocean

Richard Harrington 4 Nov 2017

You may think the life you lead is high-pressure and full of weird characters, but we’ll take a look at the deeper parts of the Atlantic ocean to put this into perspective!

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News Seahorse show stopper to grace 'Cake International' in support of MCS

Clare Fischer 3 Nov 2017

A huge cake in the shape of a seahorse is set to wow visitors at an international caks show this weekend. Created by Cornish luxury cake makers, Peboryon, it’ll be cut up and sold off to raise funds for MCS

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News Get to know your 'Poos and Don'ts with our new campaign

Clare Fischer 2 Nov 2017

We’ve launched our ‘Poos and Don’ts’ campaign today! It’s all about highlighting how little things we do in our daily lives - often miles from the coast - can have a massive effect on the quality of our coastal waters.

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News Are cod and haddock set to leave the waters of Scotland's west coast?

Clare Fischer 1 Nov 2017

New research reveals cod, herring and haddock may vanish from the west coast of Scotland due to global warming.
The findings show cod and herring off Scotland’s west coast are already nearing the edge of their temperature tolerance range.

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News 10 incredible sea creatures to get to know this Halloween

Kate Wilson, Kate Wilson 31 Oct 2017

Who needs make-believe monsters this Halloween when we have our real life scary sea creatures? Read on for the Marine Conservation Society’s top 10 things that go bump in the night …or splash!

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News Five fish you shouldn't eat

Irene Lorenzo 31 Oct 2017

90% of the world’s fish stocks are either fully or overexploited, but we can stop feeding demand for seafood from badly managed or damaging fisheries and fish farms by picking the right fish. Here’s 5 you should avoid!

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News Canada achieves important 5% marine conservation milestone

Clare Fischer 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

Jack Versiani Holt, Clare Fischer 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 Cutting ocean plastic pollution can start at home – all our homes – says new report

Jack Versiani Holt 26 Oct 2017

New figures released today shine a light on the massive scale of the single use plastic problem in Europe, a problem that is contributing significantly to the global ocean plastic pollution crisis.

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News Yummy! New research reveals it's the taste of plastic not the look that drives corals to eat it

Jack Versiani Holt 26 Oct 2017

A new study of plastic ingestion by corals suggests there may be an additional reason for the potentially harmful behaviour. Visual cues may not play such a part because corals have no eyes - it may be down to taste.

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News Washing-up liquid bottle made from 50% ocean plastic goes on sale

Clare Fischer 25 Oct 2017

A detergent bottle made of 50% plastic collected from the ocean has gone on sale in the UK. It’s a limited edition – shame the plastic in the ocean isn’t limited too.

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News The three UK chippies doing the most to save our fish stocks revealed

Clare Fischer 24 Oct 2017

Three of the UK’s leading sustainable fish and chip businesses have been revealed as part of the 30th anniversary National Fish & Chip Awards.

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News MCS gives evidence to Environmental Audit Committee inquiry into single-use drinks cups and bottles

Clare Fischer 24 Oct 2017

The Environmental Audit Committee has relaunched its predecessor’s inquiry into disposable coffee cups and plastic bottles. The general election was called before the previous Committee could complete its inquiry.

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News MCS Scotland Conservation Officer is one of 20 Young Scots of the Year

Clare Fischer 24 Oct 2017

MCS’ Edinburgh-based Catherine Gemmell has been named as one of 20 outstanding 20-somethings living and working in Scotland.

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News Sex in the sediment

Clare Fischer 13 Oct 2017

We’re on a mission to discover more about the love life of the lugworm, whose opportunities to mate are few and far between.

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News A minion and a tiny toy lorry - winners in our beach litter photo competition

Jack Versiani Holt 12 Oct 2017

During this year’s Great British Beach Clean event, we threw down the gauntlet to our volunteer beach cleaners to come up with some fantastic pictures of their weird finds.

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News New report shows Deposit Return Systems could save town halls across England millions of pounds a year

Clare Fischer 11 Oct 2017

Cash-strapped councils across England could save up to £35 million a year from the introduction of a deposit return system (DRS) for drinks bottles and cans, says a report launched today at the House of Commons.

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

Clare Fischer 6 Oct 2017

The hardy little fish from the Baltic gets a green Good Fish Guide rating from MCS

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News Come join us at Kidtropolis this October half term

Irene Lorenzo 5 Oct 2017

We’re bringing the sea to London! Join us this October half term at Kidtropolis - a family and schools event - for virtual rockpooling, beach cleaning, games and to meet our life sized leatherback turtle, Tallulah.

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News Microbeads ban under pressure

Clare Fischer 5 Oct 2017

Industry bodies are seeking to water down measures for plastic microbeads in rinse-off products - we respond.

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News MCS President gives keynote speech at international ocean conference

Clare Fischer 5 Oct 2017

MCS President, the Prince of Wales, has told a major global marine conference that the growing threat to the world’s marine ecology has reached a critical point where plastics are “now on the menu”.

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News 74% of Brits would support a charge on single use coffee cups

Clare Fischer 4 Oct 2017

A YouGov survey for MCS has revealed that 74% of people across Britain would support a charge on single use coffee cups. That’s almost three out of four people questioned.

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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 Action on drinks containers tabled for England

Richard Harrington 3 Oct 2017

Commitment to look into a deposit return system given by Minister at party conference.

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News Wales could have Deposit Return Scheme by 2018

Clare Fischer 28 Sep 2017

Wales Environment Minister tells Sky News that a deposit return scheme for the country, and a groundbreaking “plastic tax” on producers could be introduced “as early as next year”.

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News BBC DG says Blue Planet II "makes you aware of the fragility of the marine world."

Clare Fischer 27 Sep 2017

As the landmark documentary receives world premiere, Sir Tony Hall tells an audience invited to view the first episode that it will bring us closer than ever to life hidden beneath the waves.

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News The final straw

Clare Fischer 27 Sep 2017

Pub chain Wetherspoon’s has announced they’ll stop using plastic straws across its 900 pubs in the UK and Republic of Ireland by the end of the year. Now MCS will be working to ensure it’s the end of the road for straws at other outlets too. Will you stop sucking?

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News Environment Minister gets handy with a litter picker

16 Sep 2017

Thérèse Coffey, the Environment Minister, and MP for the Suffolk Coastal constituency, joined us today to clean up Aldeburgh beach as part of this weekend’s Great British Beach Clean.

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News Good news for lobsters as England set to ban landings of egg bearing females

13 Sep 2017

Following a consultation on the prohibition of landing eggbearing lobsters and crawfish in England, which included a response from MCS, the Government has announced that it will introduce a ban by October 1st this year.

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News Latest Portuguese man o' war strandings - biggest for years. Serious stingers can deliver powerful punch and must not be touched.

12 Sep 2017

Reports of Portuguese man o’ war washing up on beaches over the last week have been steadily incressing. MCS jellyfish expert, Dr Peter Richardson, says this is now the biggest mass Portugugese man o’ war stranding since 2012!

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News MCS mourns the loss of Dr Duncan Huggett

12 Sep 2017

Duncan was a very active trustee for MCS over the period to 2005-2015, using his expertise and enthusiasm to help us shape our conservation policies and strategic directions. He brought particular nature conservation skills and knowledge of Government and its agencies, having previously worked closely with us when we campaigned together with the RSPB on marine nature conservation legislation.

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News Ambitions for Scotland announced - MCS comment

Calum Duncan 5 Sep 2017

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out a big Programme for Government in Scotland’s Parliament, with a range of new bills and policies designed to help meet the challenges of the twenty first century head on, including recognition of a ‘moral obligation to tackle climate change’.

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News Deposit returns to be a reality for Scotland

4 Sep 2017

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) welcomes the commitment to a bottle deposit return system made by Scottish Government, as reported by the Daily Mail and Sky News this morning.

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News A Sky plastic whale and a powerful MCS message

Jack Versiani Holt 15 Aug 2017

Our CEO Sandy Luk becomes an #oceanhero by joining Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Jodie Kidd at Sky’s Plastic Whale launch in London. A beautiful whale with an ugly truth.

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News Welsh Government must improve to protect our seas

Richard Harrington 11 Aug 2017

We welcome a new report by the National Assembly’s Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee. The Welsh Government seriously need to up its game on Marine Protected Areas in Wales.

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News Mr Gove confirms plans for microbead ban

21 Jul 2017

Microbead ban confirmed for cosmetic products

The government confirmed today that it will be banning microbeads form use in “rinse-off” products, following a recent consultation on its proposals.

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News Announcing the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up

Richard Harrington 16 Jul 2017

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News Over 5,000 People Give Up Single-use Plastic In Support Of Herefordshire Charity: Marine Conservation Society 'delighted' with national take-up

Richard Harrington 5 Jul 2017

The Ross-on-Wye based Marine Conservation Society (MCS), the UK’s leading marine charity, says its 2017 Plastic Challenge has been the most successful yet and shows there’s a growing understanding of the effect plastic pollution is having on our oceans.

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News Deposit returns a step closer for Scotland

Richard Harrington 30 Jun 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham, announced today that the Scottish Government has commissioned detailed work on how a potential é’deposit return scheme’ might operate in Scotland.

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News High street restaurant chains rated

Richard Harrington 29 Jun 2017

Our survey finds high street chains are falling short on seafood sustainability.

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News Beluga II sailing tour comes to an end

Richard Harrington 27 Jun 2017

Greenpeace crew finds plastic pollution blights shores and harms wildlife around Scotland A scientific voyage by Greenpeace crew has been researching ocean plastic around Scottish coastlines over the last two months with the support of staff and volunteers from the Marine Conservation Society at key points in the journey.

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News Endangered skates and sharks on our dinner plates

Richard Harrington 26 Jun 2017

Are endangered skates and sharks ending up on our dinner plates? Despite threatened status some species are seemingly fetching good money when landed.

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News Brexit and our seas June 2017

Richard Harrington 8 Jun 2017

Brexit as a whole will be enormously complicated. Laws and measures related to fisheries and environment are complex areas in themselves.

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News Research on seabed beneath Eddystone shows early signs of recovery

Richard Harrington 6 Jun 2017

We are excited to report that surveys of the seabed beneath Eddystone, 12 miles off the coast of South West of England, is showing early signs of recovery following protection from bottom-towed fishing gears.

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News Cleaning up Mull's beaches

Richard Harrington 23 May 2017

On Monday 22nd May, we teamed up with the crew of the Greenpeace boat “Beluga II” together with three primary schools - Ulva, Lochdonhead and Dervaig - to clean up Kilninian beach, a beauty spot on the North West coast of Mull.

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News Action for Loch Carron must be start of further protections

Richard Harrington 19 May 2017

New protection measures for Scottish Sea Loch announced: MCS says action for Loch Carron must be just the start of further protections MCS was distraught to hear of the destruction caused by scallop dredging to flameshell beds in outer Loch Carron in late April.

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News Native oysters back in Dornoch Firth

Richard Harrington 18 May 2017

Environmental first as Glenmorangie reintroduces native oysters to the Dornoch Firth: Oysters to work alongside new ÇÜ ¼6 million anaerobic digestion plant MCS is part of a ground-breaking environmental project which has seen Native European oysters reintroduced to coastal waters around Dornoch Firth after a century’s absence.

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News Huge volume of debris discovered on remote Pacific Island

Richard Harrington 16 May 2017

Henderson Island, part of the UK’s overseas territory in the South Pacific, has been found to be littered with an estimated 37.

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News Many uncomfortable asking for tap water

Richard Harrington 11 May 2017

A poll has found that more than one in seven people are put off from asking for tapwater when they are in public places, even though all licensed outlets are legally obliged to provide it.

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News Maldives report 2016

Richard Harrington 2 May 2017

The 2016 Biosphere Expeditions Maldives Report is out and the results are shocking, with severe bleaching, crown-of-thorns starfush infestation, and overfishing threatening the reefs.

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News Sign the Welsh petition for a war with waste

21 Apr 2017

We’re asking people in Wales to sign our petition to introduce a Deposit Return System on bottles and drinks containers, and to ensure takeaway containers are fully compostable. Sign up before the 18 April to help reach our target!

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News It is bad news for haddock, but American lobster claws its way up the latest seafood ratings lists

Richard Harrington 17 Mar 2017

Takeaway favourite from North Sea and west of Scotland area no longer the best partner for chips Our latest seafood ratings on the Good Fish Guide website have seen three haddock fisheries in the North Sea and West of Scotland area downgraded, due to a change in scientific advice.

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News Good Fish Guide App that helps makes sustainable fish choices simple gets design award

Richard Harrington 23 Feb 2017

Our Good Fish Guide app is a 2016 Gold winner in the prestigious London Design Awards, which recognise creativity and leading design across a range of categories.

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News Celebrating our seas - event report<

Richard Harrington 23 Feb 2017

Bringing people together that care passionately about our seas is core to what we do here at the Marine Conservation Society.

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

Richard Harrington 16 Jan 2017

Friday saw the announcement of better protection for Sussex seas.

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News Eastbourne MP backs call to keep iconic coastal waters special

Richard Harrington 13 Dec 2016

Caroline Ansell, MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, is giving her support for our campaign to protect the sea and its special wildlife around the famous East Sussex chalk headland Beachy Head! Together we’re calling for a new Marine Conservation Zone called Beachy Head East.

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News Great news for British beaches as bathing water results are announced

Richard Harrington 18 Nov 2016

It might be a bit too nippy to take a dip today, but 564 (that’s 91%) of UK designated bathing waters (beaches and a few inland waters) tested this summer have attained é’Excellent’ or é’Good’ results based on their water quality over the last four bathing seasons.

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News Kayak Cornwall Challenge 2017

Richard Harrington 30 Sep 2016

Stunning scenery, fascinating wildlife, highly experienced guides and all in aid of the UKs leading marine conservation charityDate: Saturday 6th May - Wednesday 10th May 2017Location: Based from Port Mylor, Nr Falmouth Group size: 6 - 18 people plus guidesAccommodation: Camping (own equipment required) 0 isError = true if (isError alert(errorString) return !isError } //— by paying an initial deposit of ú95 and pledging to raise a further ú600 for the Marine Conservation Societyor pay for their trip in full at a cost of ú695.

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News Citizen scientists needed:

Richard Harrington 30 Sep 2016

You can help shed light on the sex-life of lugworms We are asking the public to keep an eye out for signs of passion in the lugworm population this Autumn! Lugworms (Arenicola marina) spend most of their lives in muddy or sandy places, burrowed deep in the sediment.

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News Super news for porpoise but more needs to be done!

Richard Harrington 29 Sep 2016

More protected areas should be created to help keep porpoise safe! Earlier this year many of you took action to achieve better protection for harbour porpoises in Scottish waters.

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News Take action for Falmouth Bay!

Richard Harrington 28 Sep 2016

Help us keep this wondrous underwater world safe.

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News Misleading wet wipes labelling

Richard Harrington 19 Sep 2016

Complaint lodged with the Advertising Standards Agency MCS has joined forces with Wessex Water and other partners to highlight the issue of wet wipe labelling to the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).

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News Colour for Marine Conservation

Richard Harrington 14 Sep 2016

ok Curious Creatures uncovers the world’s most visually fascinating underwater species, has partnered with us as part of our campaign for more and better managed Marine Protected Areas across the UK.

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News Government announces ban on microbeads - Joint NGO response

Richard Harrington 3 Sep 2016

A coalition of environmental groups has welcomed a government announcement that it intends to ban microbeads from personal care products but pointed out that the current proposals don’t go far enough.

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News MPs recommend microbead ban

Richard Harrington 24 Aug 2016

Responding to the Environmental Audit Committee’s report on microplastics today, a joint statement by the Marine Conservation Society, Environmental Investigation Agency, Fauna & Flora International, and Greenpeace UK, said: An estimated eight million tonnes of plastic goes into our seas every year - and microbeads in household products including face scrubs, toothpastes and detergents are a part of this problem.

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News Referendum response

Richard Harrington 24 Jun 2016

The Marine Conservation Society is hugely disappointed that the UK will be leaving the European Union, as the results of the referendum confirm today (24th June 2016).

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News MCS at Commons EAC

Richard Harrington 24 May 2016

Microbeads under the spotlight MCS presented at a meeting of the Commons Environmental Audit Committee today.

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News The EU - In or Out?

Richard Harrington 19 May 2016

The UK public is heading to the ballot box on June 23rd to vote in the referendum that will decide if the UK should remain in the European Union.

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News EU Directive gives UK bathers a cleaner deal

Richard Harrington 12 May 2016

Without forty years of European legislation, we could still be swimming in sewage The tragic death of six year old Caroline Wakefield from polio, contracted after swimming in sewage-contaminated sea off Gosport in 1957, raised the profile of bathing water pollution.

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News Microbeads to be scrubbed out at last?

Richard Harrington 6 May 2016

Microbeads to be scrubbed out at last? MCS is delighted to hear that the UK Government is considering a ban on the use of microbeads in cosmetics and other products following many years of campaigning by MCS, our partners and supporters.

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News Help us push for a ban on microbeads throughout Europe

Richard Harrington 14 Apr 2016

Thousands of people have helped us push for a ban on microbeads in the UK.

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News Sperm whale strandings

Richard Harrington 11 Feb 2016

Sperm whale strandings Six male sperm whales have died on the coast of Norfolk and Lincolnshire recently.

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News Funds available to clean up beaches affected by printer cartridges

Richard Harrington 27 Jan 2016

Funds available to clean up beaches affected by printer cartridges A storm at sea in 2014 resulted in the loss of HP printer cartridges which are being found washed up on UK and European coastlines.

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News Environment (Wales) Bill Part 5 - Urgent action needed to protect our seas

Richard Harrington 7 Jan 2016

Environment (Wales) Bill Part 5 - Urgent action needed to protect our seas The Environment (Wales) Bill is at a crucial stage with the Welsh Government.

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News Point The Fish Finger - update on our action

Richard Harrington 18 Dec 2015

Point The Fish Finger - update on our action We are delighted to say that Bella Italia and JD Wetherspoons have positively responded to our action! Bella Italia have now published a sustainable fish policy on their website.

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News MCS response to European fisheries agreements, December 2015

Richard Harrington 16 Dec 2015

It’s that time of the year again when the Council of Ministers gather to discuss and agree the TAC’s and quotas for the following year, just in time for Christmas.

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News Exclusive whisky raises funds for marine conservation

Richard Harrington 7 Dec 2015

MCS company supporter Glenmorangie have announced an exclusive collaboration with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

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News Pulse trawling trials are out of hand

Richard Harrington 30 Nov 2015

Pulse trawling trials hardly scientific says MCS: That’s why we’re supporting a ban now - and you can help! 85 Dutch supertrawlers are currently taking part in so-called scientific trials on electric é’pulse trawl’ fishing.

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News New ratings: Some restaurant chains failing basic seafood sustainability test

Richard Harrington 17 Nov 2015

We’ve teamed up with Fish2Fork, the online guide that rates restaurants on seafood sustainability.

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News Industry body recommends European companies drop use of microplastics

Richard Harrington 29 Oct 2015

We are pleased to report that a major industry association, “Cosmetics Europe” is now recommending that its 4,000 members phase out the use of microplastics in wash-off cosmetic and personal care products.

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News Duo of loggerhead turtles seen close to shore in Dorset

Richard Harrington 23 Oct 2015

Duo of loggerhead turtles seen close to shore in Dorset Two loggerhead turtles have been spotted together by a group of walkers from the coast path at Durlston Head, Dorset on Sunday, October 18th.

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News Conservationists ask Government to step up for nature

Richard Harrington 13 Oct 2015

An ambitious and inspirational long-term plan is urgently needed to save nature and improve our well-being as the Government considers its spending priorities - that is the clear message from the Response for Nature report published today by a coalition of leading conservation organisations including MCS.

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News North Sea cod moves off the red list

Richard Harrington 24 Sep 2015

North Sea cod - out of the red at last But nine other cod stocks are still in a bad way The iconic European cod fishery which collapsed in the 1980s and has been ailing ever since, has finally increased above dangerously low levels and hauled itself off the MCS Fish to Avoid list.

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News Photo offers a rare glimpse into underwater family life

Richard Harrington 26 Aug 2015

Photo offers a rare glimpse into underwater family life Diver and underwater photographer Paul Kay, from the Marine Conservation Society, has recently returned from a summer trip diving in Scottish sealochs.

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News Emergency Conservation Order for Wester Ross

Richard Harrington 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 Date for England's plastic bag charge

Richard Harrington 18 Aug 2015

Date for England’s plastic bag charge A new law which requires large shops in England to charge 5p for all single-use plastic carrier bags comes into force from Monday 5 October 2015.

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News Ocean Plastics Awareness Day: Royal Couple To Support Solutions To Protect Beautiful Beaches in Cornwall From Marine Litter

Richard Harrington 20 Jul 2015

Ocean Plastics Awareness Day: Royal Couple To Support Solutions To Protect Cornwall’s Beautiful Beaches From Marine Litter MCS received a visit from Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall today, when the royal couple visited Fistral beach as part of their summer visit to Cornwall.

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News Seabass sinking into deep trouble as European states fail to agree on adequate rescue package

Richard Harrington 9 Jul 2015

Seabass sinking into deep trouble as European states fail to agree on adequate rescue package Iconic fish faces uncertain future says MCS and drastic measures are required to protect the stock MCS says a fish that has become a restaurant favourite in recent years requires urgent help from European states if the fishery is to be saved from a complete crash.

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News Unique mapping project to capture the sounds of our shores

Richard Harrington 7 Jul 2015

Unique mapping project to capture the sounds of our shores ó Project aims to capture sounds from the whole of the 10,800 mile UK coastline ó Sounds uploaded on the map will be added to the British Library’s Sound Archive ó Martyn Ware from Human League and Heaven 17 will use sounds to create a new piece of music inspired by the coast The public is being asked to record the sounds that shape and define our relationship with the coast across the UK in a three-month crowd sourced sound project - é’sounds of our shores’ - being launched today by the National Trust, National Trust for Scotland and the British Library.

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News New report describes European seas as "not healthy or clean"

Richard Harrington 24 Jun 2015

New report describes European seas as “not healthy or clean Ø A report published by the European Environment Agency today shows that human activities and climate change are putting increasing pressure on European seas.

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News How sustainable is the fish on your fork?

Richard Harrington 19 Jun 2015

How sustainable is the fish on your fork? MCS partnership with campaigning restaurant guide Fish2fork will make finding out easier Choosing a restaurant where you can eat seafood with an easy conscience can be a bind.

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News Stronger seabed protection measures unveiled in response to widespread support for Scottish MPAs

Richard Harrington 11 Jun 2015

Stronger seabed protection measures unveiled in response to widespread support for Scottish MPAs Thousands said they didn’t want marine é’paper parks’ and the Scottish Government listened.

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News Political sea views

Richard Harrington 20 Apr 2015

Political sea views With the political parties setting out their respective manifesto pledges over the past week, positions on issues such as the economy, NHS and immigration have unsurprisingly grabbed the headlines.

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News Second round of Marine Conservation Zone designation will leave English waters woefully under protected

Richard Harrington 30 Jan 2015

Second round of Marine Conservation Zone designation will leave English waters woefully under protected MCS joins forces with the National Trust to warn that promised network of protection is not even close as vital sites don’t even get to public consultation MCS says it is hugely disappointed that, in the same week the Government has been warned how England’s declining natural environment is harming the economy, it has failed to deliver on promises to better protect English seas.

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News Lost turtles found on beaches in North West England

Richard Harrington 23 Dec 2014

‘Lost’ turtles found on beaches in North West England Pair are thousands of miles from traditional feeding grounds Two turtles have been washed ashore in the North West of England, thousands of miles from their usual feeding grounds in the Caribbean.

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News Newly reformed Common Fisheries Policy stumbles at first hurdle

Richard Harrington 17 Dec 2014

Newly reformed Common Fisheries Policy stumbles at first hurdle MCS Fisheries Policy Officer, Debbie Crockard, reflects on another closed door meeting to set fishing quotas We were hopeful that the ministers would look to the future and apply the new CFP in a way that would ensure sustainable and profitable fisheries for the future of fish and fishermen.

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News First marine plan - a step-change for Scottish seas

Richard Harrington 15 Dec 2014

First marine plan - a step-change for Scotland’s seas Scottish Government reveals ‘trail-blazing’ high-level plan for managing Scotland’s seas Scotland’s National Marine Plan is the first ever overarching strategy for planning the wide-ranging activities in Scotland’s sea.

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News Urgent action is needed now to prevent sea bass stock crashing

Richard Harrington 10 Dec 2014

Urgent action is needed now to prevent sea bass stock crashing Fishing pressure on European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) has increased significantly in recent years, and the biomass of this stock is set to decrease.

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News Committee of MEPs votes to undermine discard ban

Richard Harrington 3 Dec 2014

Committee of MEPs votes to undermine discard ban Today (3rd December 2014) European Parliament ignored the voice of the public and stepped back from the sustainable fishing reform agreed last year.

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News The sound of silence on dying coral reefs disorientates fish larvae

Richard Harrington 3 Dec 2014

The sound of silence on dying coral reefs disorientates fish larvae You can hear the sound of former bustling coral reefs dying due to the impact of human activity, according to new research from the Universities of Essex and Exeter.

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News Discard ban - dead in the water before it has even started?

Richard Harrington 28 Nov 2014

Discard ban - dead in the water before it has even started? MCS says MEPs must vote against changes that will leave ban useless Tweet your MP! A European ban on the practice of discarding (when fish are thrown overboard, usually dead) is due to be phased in from 2015 to 2019.

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News Discard ban - dead in the water before it has even started?

Richard Harrington 27 Nov 2014

Discard ban - dead in the water before it has even started? MCS says MEPs must vote against changes that will leave ban useless Tweet your MP! A European ban on the practice of discarding (when fish are thrown overboard, usually dead) is due to be phased in from 2015 to 2019.

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News University acknowledges MCS positive impact work

Richard Harrington 25 Nov 2014

University acknowledges MCS positive impact work The work MCS has done on ensuring the so-called é’Special Areas of Conservation’, set up under EU laws, are well-managed, has been recognised by the University of West of England.

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News Marine Charter attracts parliamentary support from all parties

Richard Harrington 19 Nov 2014

Marine Charter attracts parliamentary support from all parties But will signatures translate into manifesto promises? There was widespread support for a full and well-managed network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around the UK at a marine event in Westminster yesterday (Wednesday19th November).

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News MCS joins forces with Woodland Trust over carrier bag charge

Richard Harrington 18 Nov 2014

MCS joins forces with Woodland Trust over carrier bag charge MCS and the Woodland Trust say cash from the carrier bag charge revenue from retailers must benefit the environment.

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News First ever all-Maldivian Reef Check survey

Richard Harrington 14 Nov 2014

First ever all-Maldivian Reef Check survey MCS Senior Biodiversity Policy Officer, Dr Jean-Luc Solandt, is celebrating today (14th November 2014) as the first all-Maldivian Reef check survey takes place just to the south of the Maldives capital, Male’.

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News 120 MPs unite in call for better protection of UK seas

Richard Harrington 11 Nov 2014

120 MPs unite in call for better protection of UK seas On the fifth anniversary (12th November 2014) of the Marine & Coastal Access Act, Over 125 MPs and 20 peers have signed up to a Marine Charter calling for a full network of Marine Protected Areas in UK seas.

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News MCS tells Scottish Government not to take the "P" out of marine protection

Richard Harrington 11 Nov 2014

MCS tells Scottish Government not to take the ‘P’ out of marine protection New proposals to manage fishing in Scotland’s recently established Marine Protected Area (MPA) network could deny protection to some of Scotland’s most precious sea areas, because some fishing methods such as scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling would be allowed to continue.

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

Richard Harrington 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 Leatherbacks drown after getting entangled with creel ropes

Richard Harrington 4 Nov 2014

Leatherbacks drown after getting entangled with creel ropes But tragedy allows scientists to discover more about these majestic animals A post-mortem has been carried out by the Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme on a second leatherback turtle found entangled in creel ropes off Dunbar.

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News MCS heads to Oman to dive two new Marine Protected Areas

Richard Harrington 27 Oct 2014

MCS heads to Oman to dive two new Marine Protected Areas Will a year’s protection have paid off? In two secluded bays in the coral-rich waters of the Musandam Peninsula in Oman, all fishing except local handline fishing have been banned for almost a year.

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News Protection for Musandam peninsula in Oman

Richard Harrington 27 Oct 2014

In two secluded bays in the coral-rich waters of the Musandam peninsula in Oman, all fishing except local handline fishing has been banned for almost a year.

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News Save Our Waters

Richard Harrington 10 Oct 2014

Save Our Waters We’ve teamed up with other conservation organisations to influence how streams, rivers and other watery resources will be managed by the Environment Agency (in England and Wales) in years to come.

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News Breeding seabirds in Welsh waters to get better protection

Richard Harrington 7 Oct 2014

Breeding seabirds in Welsh waters to get better protection MCS says an announcement made today (7th October 2014) by the Welsh Government is good news for internationally important populations of breeding seabirds in Welsh waters.

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News Avoid eating wild-caught UK salmon is latest fish advice from MCS

Richard Harrington 24 Sep 2014

Avoid eating wild-caught UK salmon is latest fish advice from MCS but latest fish ratings also reveal better news for mackerel, herring and halibut stocks.

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News Scottish seas - the referendum

Richard Harrington 16 Sep 2014

Scottish seas - the referendum Posted 16th September 2014 Will Scotland vote to stay part of the UK, or will it become independent? We thought we’d share what the “Yes Scotland” and “Better Together” camps have said to MCS supporters in the most recent edition of Marine Conservation magazine, as we head towards Thursday’s historic vote.

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News UNITED IN MANIFESTO ASK FOR UK SEAS

Richard Harrington 16 Sep 2014

UNITED IN MANIFESTO ASK FOR UK SEAS As the Government’s response to the Environmental Audit Select Committee’s Marine Protected Area inquiry is published, MCS is one of 19 organisations that have come together united on the actions needed to help UK seas recover.

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News Scottish Marine Litter Strategy launched

Richard Harrington 19 Aug 2014

Scottish Marine Litter Strategy launched Environment Secretary goes down on the beach to reveal plans on tackling marine litter MCS Scotland Programme Manager, Calum Duncan, joined Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead at Portobello West Beach, Edinburgh today (19th August 2014) for the launch of the first ever strategy setting out how to tackle the problem of marine litter around the country’s coasts and waters.

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

Richard Harrington 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

Richard Harrington 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 MCS investigates potential dredge damage

Richard Harrington 24 Jul 2014

MCS investigates potential dredge damage Fears for traditional fishing industries MCS has spent the day with Falmouth handline fisherman David Thomas, and local marine biologist Dr Miles Hoskin on a trip to see the areas likely to be affected by proposed dredging in the Fal estuary.

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News MCS REPORT TAKES STOCK OF JELLYFISH IN UK SEAS

Richard Harrington 22 Jul 2014

MCS REPORT TAKES STOCK OF JELLYFISH IN UK SEAS 2013 proved a record year for jellyfish sightings, and large number of sightings have already been reported in 2014 A new report by MCS and the University of Exeter takes stock of where and when jellyfish occur in UK seas for the first time in over 40 years.

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News Sharks found dead on Gower and Isle of Wight beaches

Richard Harrington 15 Jul 2014

MCS has been sent evidence of two separate incidents where shark species have been found on the shore in mysterious circumstances.

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News The ecosystem of the English Channel has been transformed by fishing, report shows

Richard Harrington 11 Jul 2014

The ecosystem of the English Channel has been transformed by fishing, report shows A new report (10th July 2014) shows that many fish species, especially those at the top of the food chain, are faring badly in the English Channel.

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News New report provides cast iron case for protecting basking sharks in the West of Scotland

Richard Harrington 4 Jul 2014

New report provides cast iron case for protecting basking sharks in the West of Scotland MCS welcomes evidence that shows a Marine Protected Area is merited to protect these gentle giants The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says that the case for setting up a basking shark Marine Protected Area in West Scotland waters is now cast iron, following shark tagging research which shows how important the area is for this species.

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

Richard Harrington 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 Royal Mail identifies something fishy when it comes to public understanding of sustainable fishing

Richard Harrington 5 Jun 2014

Royal Mail identifies something fishy when it comes to public understanding of sustainable fishing UK fish stamp set highlights the threat to UK fisheries The Royal Mail has issued a set of UK stamps today (June 5th 2014), featuring five species threatened in UK waters and five that come from sustainable populations.

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News Good Catch - The Sustainable Seafood Award 2015

Richard Harrington 2 Jun 2014

Good Catch - The Sustainable Seafood Award 2015 Three sustainable chippies make it through to final The three outstanding chippies leading the way for sustainable seafood this year have been revealed.

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News Scottish carrier bag charge approved by Scottish Parliament

Richard Harrington 29 May 2014

Scottish carrier bag charge approved by Scottish Parliament 29 May 2014 MCS is pleased to see that a charge on single-use carrier bags will be introduced by law across Scotland in October this year.

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News MCS divers says Falmouth waters will be 'severely impacted' by further dredging

Richard Harrington 16 May 2014

MCS divers says Falmouth waters will be ‘severely impacted’ by further dredging With MCS’s ongoing concerns over Falmouth Port’s application to dredge a deeper shipping channel, MCS divers have surveyed both sides of the Carrick Roads deep water channel in the Falmouth estuary.

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News MCS shortlisted in prestigious national awards

Richard Harrington 8 May 2014

MCS shortlisted in prestigious national awards Marine Conservation Society in final three in conservation category We’re absolutely thrilled to be shortlisted in the annual Charity Awards 2014, which are organised by Civil Society Media.

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News A record number of UK bathing beaches receive our top water quality award after the driest summer since 2003

Richard Harrington 11 Apr 2014

A record number of UK bathing beaches receive our top water quality award after the driest summer since 2003.

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News Killer Bags Still Threaten the Environment.

Richard Harrington 9 Apr 2014

Killer Bags Still Threaten the Environment.

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News First regional Marine Plan published

Richard Harrington 2 Apr 2014

2nd April Marine Conservation Society response to Government announcement on East Marine Plan: England’s first regional Marine Plan published One hundred years later than terrestrial planning, the UK at last has its first Marine Plan.

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News British beaches are the final resting places for mountains of litter with more arriving on every wave and gust of wind

Richard Harrington 25 Mar 2014

British beaches are the final resting places for mountains of litter with more arriving on every wave and gust of wind Beach litter is increasing and behaviour needs to change.

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News The Natural Captial Committee's second State of Natural Capital report identifies economic gains from increased fish stocks

Richard Harrington 11 Mar 2014

The Natural Captial Committee’s second State of Natural Capital report identifies economic gains from increased fish stocks MCS says the Committee’s call for a long term framework to improve the health of our natural environment, and the Committee’s recognition that failure to do will result in society losing out on enormous benefits is to be welcomed.

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News MCS celebrates as its turtle conservation recommendations are adopted by Caribbean islands

Richard Harrington 11 Mar 2014

MCS celebrates as its turtle conservation recommendations are adopted by Caribbean islands Turks and Caicos Islands turtles now set for a brighter future After five years of working alongside the fishermen and authorities of the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) in the Caribbean, MCS says it’s delighted that the regions turtles face a much safer future.

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News Thanks for signing our petition to stop the most destructive fishing practices in the Northeast Atlantic.

Richard Harrington 27 Feb 2014

Thanks for signing our petition to stop the most destructive fishing practices in the Northeast Atlantic.

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News MCS joins willdife groups calling for ban on propellers that cause fatal 'corkscrew' injuries

Richard Harrington 26 Feb 2014

MCS joins willdife groups calling for ban on propellers that cause fatal ‘corkscrew’ injuries MCS Scotland Programme Manager, Calum Duncan, says the Scottish Government must be more pro-active in trying to prevent fatal injuries to seals and porpoises where the animals bodies are sliced up ‘corkscrew’ style.

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News 37 more Marine Conservation Zones to be considered

Richard Harrington 24 Feb 2014

37 more Marine Conservation Zones to be considered We are pleased to hear this afternoon’s (24th February 2014) announcement by Defra that a further 37 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are being considered for designation in 2015.

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

Richard Harrington 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 Government must listen to inquiry findings if bag charges in England to work

Richard Harrington 5 Feb 2014

Government must listen to inquiry findings if bag charges in England to work MCS backs recommendations to make scheme as simple as possible MCS says it is delighted at the conclusions of the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) inquiry into the plastic bag charge in England.

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News When it is safe to go back on the beach - why not treat your favourite bit of coastline to a winter clean-up?

Richard Harrington 27 Jan 2014

When it’s safe to go back on the beach - why not treat your favourite bit of coastline to a winter clean-up? After a Christmas and New Year period that saw Britain battered by high winds, lashing rain and storm waves believed to be amongst the most extreme in living memory, many of the UK’s beaches have been left strewn with huge amounts of litter.

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News Fleetwood chippie leads the way when it comes to a sustainable fish supper

Richard Harrington 24 Jan 2014

Fleetwood chippie leads the way when it comes to a sustainable fish supper MCS applauds efforts as Lancashire business scoops seafood award MCS says the performance of a Lancashire fish and chip shop in recent industry awards highlighting sustainability is a credit to staff who are converting customers to making smarter fish choices over the fryer.

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News Mexican visitor washes up on Carmarthenshire coast

Richard Harrington 16 Jan 2014

Mexican visitor washes up on Carmarthenshire coast Cefn Sidan is final resting place for critically endangered marine turtle more at home in the Gulf of Mexico A rare marine turtle has been washed up on Cefn Sidan beach, Pembrey, Carmarthenshire.

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News Explore the shore after New Year storms

Richard Harrington 15 Jan 2014

Explore the shore after New Year storms We’ve been experiencing some pretty stormy weather lately here in the UK, with strong winds, big waves and high spring tides at the coast.

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News First MCZs designated

Richard Harrington 20 Dec 2013

First MCZs designated After our huge public campaign in support of a network of Marine Conservation Zones for English Seas, the Government finally announced in November that the first 27 sites will be set up in 2014.

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News Old school negotiations see fishing quotas set behind closed-doors for the last time

Richard Harrington 18 Dec 2013

Old school negotiations see fishing quotas set behind closed-doors for the last time Fishing quotas for 2014 have been set at a meeting in Brussels of European Union fisheries ministers (17th December 2013).

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News A Christmas facial - a treat for your skin but a disaster for our seas

Richard Harrington 18 Dec 2013

A Christmas facial - a treat for your skin but a disaster for our seas Exfoliating particles flushed down the sink are adding to the seas’ é’plastic soup’ Lots of people will treat themselves to some extra beauty therapies over the festive period, or give facial products as a pampering gift - but although these items may make our skin look and feel good, they’re giving our seas anything but a make-over.

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News Scapa Flow Reveals Rare Sighting Of Flame Shell Molluscs

Richard Harrington 13 Dec 2013

Scapa Flow Reveals Rare Sighting Of Flame Shell Molluscs Previous records off Orkney date back to the 1950’s say divers Scuba divers say they have found rare flame shells - a small scallop like species - in Scapa Flow, Orkney, just two years after a scarce giant fan mussel was recorded by divers in the same area.

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News Deep sea loses out, despite passionate support by some MEPs for a phase-out of destructive fishing practices

Richard Harrington 10 Dec 2013

Deep sea loses out, despite passionate support by some MEPs for a phase-out of destructive fishing practices In a very close vote in the European Parliament today (10th December 2013) MEPs have rejected the phase-out of destructive deep sea trawling by just 16 votes - a move that would have protected the deep sea long into the future Trawling is probably the most destructive practice in the deep sea - which unlike shallow waters is characterised by a pace of life so slow it is almost static.

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News More backing for offshore power is good news provided any potential harm to marine life is minimised

Richard Harrington 4 Dec 2013

More backing for offshore power is good news provided any potential harm to marine life is minimised Floating and gravitiy based turbines - not piling says MCS The winds of change are blowing for .

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News 27 Marine Conservation Zones to be designated in English seas

Richard Harrington 22 Nov 2013

27 Marine Conservation Zones to be designated in English seas.

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News 27 MCZs must be seen as just a first step towards a network of marine conservation sites in English seas.

Richard Harrington 21 Nov 2013

27 MCZs must be seen as just a first step towards a network of marine conservation sites in English seas.

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News MCS backs call for Prime Minister to do more for nature

Richard Harrington 19 Nov 2013

MCS backs call for Prime Minister to do more for nature The Government is failing to deliver nearly a third of its natural environment commitments, despite huge public support for action for nature, wildlife and the countryside.

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News Will it be pollock or pilchards, seabass or salmon tonight?

Richard Harrington 13 Nov 2013

Will it be pollock or pilchards, seabass or salmon tonight? New research shows British consumers still unsure about which fish to eat MCS seafood app is now available for Android If you’re trying to eat the most responsible seafood about, then the MCS Good Fish Guide app has got the most up to date advice and is now available on Android - downloadable from the playstore for FREE.

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News North Sea cod still a no go

Richard Harrington 13 Nov 2013

For Cod’s Sake - North Sea Cod remains off the menu despite huge efforts to improve stocks MCS urges consumers to choose a different accompaniment to chips MCS has not changed its advice on North Sea cod in the latest version of its sustainable seafood guide - fish caught in that area should remain firmly off the menu, despite an encouraging rise in stocks.

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News MCS welcomes George Eustice MP to his new position of Parliamentary Under-Secretary within the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Richard Harrington 8 Oct 2013

MCS welcomes George Eustice MP to his new position of Parliamentary Under-Secretary within the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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News An increase in mackerel stocks is so no green light for increasing fishing pressure

Richard Harrington 7 Oct 2013

An increase in mackerel stocks is so no green light for increasing fishing pressure No new assessment on mackerel stocks will be made available until next year despite a report suggesting that numbers of the iconic fish have been increasing in recent years.

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News MCS welcomes increasing mackerel stocks, but case not closed

Richard Harrington 7 Oct 2013

MCS welcomes increasing mackerel stocks, but case not closed Interim advice from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), suggests that stocks of mackerel may have increased in recent years, but unexpectedly, the body will be making no formal assessment available until next year.

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News Seas south of Oban reveal some "jewels"

Richard Harrington 27 Sep 2013

Seas south of Oban reveal some é’jewels’ Divers report rise in marine species following scallop dredging ban Divers have discovered that colourful reef life in the Firth of Lorn, south of Oban, may be recovering following a six-year closure to scallop dredging in the area.

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News Plans for a plastic bag charge for England announced

Richard Harrington 14 Sep 2013

Plans for a plastic bag charge for England announced MCS is pleased to announce some excellent news.

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News Join us in making Scotland seas litter free!

Richard Harrington 30 Aug 2013

Join us in making Scotland’s seas litter free! MCS has been working hard over the past four years to make sure the Scottish Government follows up on its commitment to implement a marine litter strategy.

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News First sighting of a loggerhead turtle off Dorset since 1938

Richard Harrington 21 Aug 2013

First sighting of a loggerhead turtle off Dorset since 1938 MCS has been alerted to a sighting of a loggerhead turtle off Portland Bill near Weymouth.

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News Suzie is back on track

Richard Harrington 21 Aug 2013

Suzie is back on track After being off the radar, Suzie, our first tagged turtle from the Turks and Caicos Islands, pops up! Last week the MCS Biodiversity team were amazed to hear about a sighting of a long lost friend.

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News Wibble wobble - you wouldn't want these jellies on your plate!

Richard Harrington 30 Jul 2013

Wibble wobble - you wouldn’t want these jellies on your plate! Increasing numbers of moon, compass, blue and lion’s mane jellyfish reported in UK waters as the summer finally arrives.

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News Historic summer to save Scotland's seas

Richard Harrington 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 Marine Conservation Society says local support is key if Sound of Barra to be successful Special Area of Conservation

Richard Harrington 19 Jul 2013

Marine Conservation Society says local support is key if Sound of Barra to be successful Special Area of Conservation Charity welcome Scottish Government announcement of Western Isles site The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says the announcement that the Sound of Barra will become a marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the European Habitats Directive after the scientific case for protection was accepted by the Scottish Government is good news for marine life in the area.

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News Support for Barra as Special Area of Conservation will help long-term sustainability says Marine Conservation Society

Richard Harrington 19 Jul 2013

Support for Barra as Special Area of Conservation will help long-term sustainability says Marine Conservation Society The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says the announcement that the Sound of Barra will become a marine Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the European Habitats Directive after the scientific case for protection was accepted by the Scottish Government is good news for marine life in the area.

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News Report suggests fish stocks are turning a corner

Richard Harrington 19 Jul 2013

Report suggests fish stocks are turning a corner MCS says enough time must given before we can start getting some stocks back on the menu A new report published today by the University of Aberdeen indicates that some fish species in the North East Atlantic region are showing signs of recovery, with stock numbers beginning to stabilise and showing signs of growth The authors of the paper go so far as to link this encouraging news with the management measures laid out in the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) over the last decade.

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News "Monitoring" - the Government's new word for inaction on carrier bag charge

Richard Harrington 18 Jul 2013

Monitoring’ - the Government’s new word for inaction on carrier bag charge The Break the Bag Habit campaign group says there are no credible reasons left for the Government not to introduce a charge on all carrier bags in England.

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News Government making 'grave error' in not backing full MCZ network around England

Richard Harrington 16 Jul 2013

Government making ‘grave error’ in not backing full MCZ network around England The Government has published it’s responses to the English MCZ consultation.

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News Cleaning your favourite beach will make you part of a global marine litter movement

Richard Harrington 16 Jul 2013

Cleaning your favourite beach will make you part of a global marine litter movement International coastal clean-up could take place on your doorstep - are you ready to take it on? The UK’s leading marine charity is urging people who love the coast and enjoy nothing better than a barefoot stroll along the beach to do their bit in the worldwide fight against marine litter.

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

Richard Harrington 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 English seas are worth their weight in gold to economy and public well-being says new report

Richard Harrington 15 Jul 2013

English seas are worth their weight in gold to economy and public well-being says new report Financial and emotional value of protecting our seas cannot be ignored, say conservation and user groups 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 Have your say on draft Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland

Richard Harrington 11 Jul 2013

Have your say on draft Marine Litter Strategy for Scotland Posted: 11th July 2013 The Scottish Government has announced a draft Marine Litter Strategy which is now open to public comment.

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News Draft strategy to tackle litter blight on Scotland's seas announced

Richard Harrington 4 Jul 2013

Draft strategy to tackle litter blight on Scotland’s seas announced posted: 4th July 2013 MCS today welcomes a new approach to tackling litter in Scotland’s marine environment.

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News Marine Conservation Zones for English seas stalling, say MPs

Richard Harrington 3 Jul 2013

Marine Conservation Zones for English seas stalling, say MPs posted: 3rd July 2013 The Marine Conservation Society agrees with the findings of the House of Commons Science & Technology Select Committee that the Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) process seems to be stalling, and lacks a clear timetable that details when Government will designate the network of MCZs.

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News Help end the blind spend on subsidies

Richard Harrington 1 Jul 2013

Help end the blind spend on subsidies As this video illustrates, subsidies are fuelling overfishing in European seas.

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News MCS heads to Downing Street to hand in YOUR pledges

Richard Harrington 11 Jun 2013

MCS heads to Downing Street to hand in YOUR pledges Message to minister ‘don’t let the public down’ MCS was joined by the RSPB, WWF and the Wildlife Trusts in London today (12th June 2013) as the four charities handed in to 10 Downing Street over 350,000 pledges, calling for an ecologically coherent network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

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News MCS Chief Executive becomes first British woman to receive international environmental award for her "outstanding" leadership of UK sea charity

Richard Harrington 31 May 2013

MCS Chief Executive becomes first British woman to receive international environmental women’s award for her ‘outstanding’ leadership of UK sea charity MCS boss is the eleventh recipient of the Rachel Carson Prize Samantha Fanshawe has become the first British woman to receive the Rachel Carson Prize, an environmental award in memory of the American marine biologist and author, often called the mother of the modern environmental movement.

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News MCS broadly welcomes crucial reforms to CFP

Richard Harrington 30 May 2013

MCS broadly welcomes crucial reforms to CFP The negotiations have been long and hard, finally ending in the early hours of 30th May 2013.

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News Chilly UK seas could be keeping basking sharks away

Richard Harrington 28 May 2013

Chilly UK seas could be keeping basking sharks away Slow start to spotting season as plankton fails to bloom in cooler waters Basking sharks, which can grow to the size of a double decker bus, appear to be giving UK seas the cold shoulder probably because the water temperature here is lower than usual at this time of year.

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News State of Nature report must be acted upon says conservation groups

Richard Harrington 22 May 2013

State of Nature report must be acted upon says conservation groups MCS among coalition calling on the Prime Minister to take action now MCS supports the State of Nature report launched today by Sir David Attenborough which reveals that 60% of UK wildlife species are in decline.

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News Passion for plastic is leaving a legacy of litter on Britain's beaches

Richard Harrington 14 May 2013

Passion for plastic is leaving a legacy of litter on Britain’s beaches Plastic vies for space in the sand alongside sweet wrappers, cigarette stubs and drinks bottles as our beaches reveal anti-litter campaigns are now falling on deaf ears.

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News Beachwatch Big Weekend 2012

Richard Harrington 13 May 2013

Beachwatch Big Weekend 2012 Results of the UK’s biggest beach clean and survey MCS Beachwatch Big Weekend is the only national volunteer beach clean-up and survey in the UK.

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News MCS supports scientists' open letter to Government backing marine conservation zones

Richard Harrington 23 Apr 2013

MCS supports scientists’ open letter to Government backing marine conservation zones Posted: 22nd April 2013 Leading scientists, led by Professor Callum Roberts - a leading authority on Marine Protected Areas, are backing MCS’s call for Westminster to step up and protect English seas.

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News MCS backs MPs report on MCZ process

Richard Harrington 11 Apr 2013

MCS backs MPs report on MCZ process MCS welcomes today’s (11th April 2013) Marine Science report from the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee which, through careful enquiry, methodically unpicks the Government’s preferred narrative as to why only 31 out of 127 Marine Conservation Zones have thus far been proposed for designation.

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News 5p charge in Northern Ireland leaves England as only home nation not taking action on carrier bags

Richard Harrington 8 Apr 2013

5p charge in Northern Ireland leaves England as only home nation not taking action on carrier bags Six billion bags and rising - but still no action in England says Break the Bag Habit coalition The Break the Bag Habit (BTBH) Coalition, of which MCS is a member, says it welcomes the news that from today (Monday 8th April) Northern Ireland is taking action to prevent bag litter by bringing in a tax of 5p for single use carrier bags.

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News 2012 - A bad year for Britain's bathing beaches as one of the wettest summers on record led to increased sewage in the sea

Richard Harrington 19 Mar 2013

2012 - A bad year for Britain’s bathing beaches as one of the wettest summers on record led to increased sewage in the sea MCS urges swimmers to beware as it recommends fewer beaches for excellent water quality One of the UK’s wettest summers on record has led to a worrying drop in the number of beaches around the country being recommended for their excellent bathing water quality in the annual MCS ‘Good Beach Guide’.

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News Marine charity urges communities to help stop damaging balloon and lantern releases

Richard Harrington 13 Mar 2013

Marine charity urges communities to help stop damaging balloon and lantern releases Choking sea creatures and tangled up marine wildlife are the results of ‘letting go’ MCS is hoping to encourage communities to think again before organising balloon and sky lantern releases.

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

Richard Harrington 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 Seasearch project wins national award

Richard Harrington 30 Nov 2012

Seasearch project wins national award Information gathered from previously unsurveyed sites in the north east Scarborough Sub Aqua Club’s Real Reefs Project has won this year’s Peter Small Jubilee Trust Award for the most worthwhile and ambitious BSAC project conducted in UK waters.

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News Seafood traceability is integral part of top chippies says MCS

Richard Harrington 28 Nov 2012

Seafood traceability is integral part of top chippies says MCS Three fish and chip shops will compete for the prestigous Good Catch Award at next years National Fish and Chip Awards.

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News Threatened species get a comedic facelift as MCS gives little-known creatures a voice from the deep

Richard Harrington 15 Nov 2012

Threatened species get a comedic facelift as MCS gives little-known creatures a voice from the deep Everyday drama stories from our oceans help highlight the need for Marine Conservation Zones in England A common skate with a below average love life and who is anything but common; a spiny lobster who is no oil painting; and a trembling sea mat, an animal that looks like a plant that’s only found in one place in England.

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News New award to boost aquaculture innovation

Richard Harrington 1 Nov 2012

New award to boost aquaculture innovation MCS is delighted to hear that the Global Aquaculture Alliance has launched a new award to encourage innovations in aquaculture that reduce environmental impacts or increase sustainability.

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News CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE COMES UNDER BAG MONSTER ATTACK

Richard Harrington 9 Oct 2012

CONSERVATIVE PARTY CONFERENCE COMES UNDER BAG MONSTER ATTACK Zac Goldsmith MP shows support for protest against single use carrier bags Over 20 Bag Monsters - created from over 10,000 single-use plastic bags - ran riot outside the Conservative Party Conference today (Tuesday 9th October).

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News Marine charity says the wider community must act to clean up the North West's dirty seas

Richard Harrington 17 Sep 2012

Marine charity says the wider community must act to clean up the North West’s dirty seas As stricter bathing guidelines loom more must be done to improve the worst performing part of the UK coast for bathers MCS is today (17th September 2012) telling a conference in Blackpool that the town’s future as an iconic seaside resort is under threat because not enough is being done to solve the problem of bathing water contamination.

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News Stinging Portuguese Man of War wash up on UK shores

Richard Harrington 7 Sep 2012

Stinging Portuguese Man of War wash up on UK shores MCS warns beach visitors not to touch bizarre creature that’s not a single animal but a floating colony! MCS and Cornwall Council say they have received reports of several Portuguese Men Of War washing up on beaches in Cornwall just days after authorities in Ireland warned local beach goers about a spate of recent strandings of this potentially dangerous floating sea creature.

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News Severn barrage is ego project for civil engineers who don't care about the environment says UK's leading marine charity

Richard Harrington 3 Sep 2012

Severn barrage is ego project for civil engineers who don’t care about the environment says UK’s leading marine charity Marine Conservation Society says barrage is wrong project in wrong place.

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News Standby for jellyfish swarms as UK seas heat up

Richard Harrington 9 Aug 2012

Standby for jellyfish swarms as UK seas heat up After a slow start to jellyfish spotting season the Marine Conservation Society urges coastal visitors to report jelly sightings as ‘thermometers of the sea’ start to bloom MCS says there have been far fewer jellyfish sightings so far this year reported to our spotting programme which we run along with the national jellyfish survey.

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News Campaign for a single-use carrier bag levy for Scotland!

Richard Harrington 6 Aug 2012

Campaign for a single-use carrier bag levy for Scotland! Eight years after MCS first supported the Environment Levy Bill proposed by Mike Pringle MSP, and six years after joining forces with WWF Scotland, RSPB Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland to support this Bill for a plastic bag levy, we are delighted that this issue is now within a package of measures being considered as part of the ‘Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources’ consultation.

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News Supermarket trolleys, Russian toothpaste, and an old shop till - just a few of the weird items that have washed up on British beaches.

Richard Harrington 26 Jul 2012

Supermarket trolleys, Russian toothpaste, and an old shop till - just a few of the weird items that have washed up on British beaches.

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News Public sightings suggest increase in basking sharks in British waters

Richard Harrington 23 Jul 2012

Public sightings suggest increase in basking sharks in British waters MCS data reveals more people are spotting these marine giants - and they’re getting bigger! The number of basking sharks recorded in Britain’s seas could be increasing, decades after being protected from commercial hunting in the late 20th century.

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News MCS says landmark proposal to phase out deep-sea bottom trawling in North east Atlantic is massive step towards protection of the deep

Richard Harrington 19 Jul 2012

MCS says landmark proposal to phase out deep-sea bottom trawling in North east Atlantic is massive step towards protection of the deep The Deep Sea Conservation Coalition (DSCC) of which MCS is a member, has welcomed the proposal by the European Commission to phase out destructive deep-sea bottom trawling and bottom gillnetting by EU fishing fleets in the Northeast Atlantic.

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News MCS urges Government to designate English Marine Conservation Zones now that the evidence is in.

Richard Harrington 19 Jul 2012

MCS urges Government to designate English Marine Conservation Zones now that the evidence is in.

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News Friday the 13th - unlucky for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy?

Richard Harrington 13 Jul 2012

Friday the 13th - unlucky for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy? Friday the 13th doesn’t have the most auspicious ring to it.

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News Blueprint for fisheries management gets MCS support

Richard Harrington 10 Jul 2012

Blueprint for fisheries management gets MCS support MCS says a new partnership which aims to balance conservation and the economic needs of fishermen in Lyme Bay reflects a fresh approach to fisheries management in the UK and it’s keen to see this bottom -up co-management approach adopted as a model elsewhere.

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News Rio+20 must make a measureable commitment to save our seas and oceans

Richard Harrington 21 Jun 2012

Rio+20 must make a measureable commitment to save our seas and oceans Stop floundering and show us your jaws, Marine Conservation Society tells Rio + 20 Ministers As Ministers from around the world congregate in Rio de Janeiro to make global commitments at the United Nations Conferences on Environment and Development, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is urging them to amend their draft text to make three key measureable commitments rather than the present empty promises.

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

Richard Harrington 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 Fisheries Council meeting agree discard ban

Richard Harrington 12 Jun 2012

Fisheries Council meeting agree discard ban EU Fisheries Ministers have agreed (13th June) to ban the practice of discards.

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

Richard Harrington 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 Plastic debris on the increase in North Pacific

Richard Harrington 9 May 2012

Recent research from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (published in the journal, Biology Letters) has shown a big rise in the amount of plastic litter floating in Pacific waters - a 100 fold increase over the past 40 years.

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News Anglers called on to clean up our coastline

Richard Harrington 13 Apr 2012

Anglers called on to clean up our coastline MCS welcomes a new initiative from the Angling Trust called the ‘Just Take 5’ campaign.

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News Sign up to stop outdoor balloon and sky lantern releases in Wales

Richard Harrington 6 Mar 2012

Sign up to stop outdoor balloon and sky lantern releases in Wales Council and Leading environmental charities join forces in urging Government to adopt a ‘don’t let go’ policy MCS, Keep Wales Tidy (KWT) and Cardiff Council are supporting pupils from Eco-Schools who are calling on the National Assembly for Wales to ban balloon and sky lantern releases across Wales and eradicate the threat of choking and entanglement among marine wildlife and farm animals.

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News Anchovy fishers get educated in protection of marine species

Richard Harrington 21 Feb 2012

Anchovy fishers get educated in protection of marine species Marine Conservation Society bring together key players to improve fisherman’s stewardship skills Teaching fishermen the art of environmental stewardship is just one of the achievements the MCS has brought about by working with a number of leading players in the Peruvian anchovy fishery.

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News Love to eat fish? Romance the seas this Valentines Day and only choose sustainable seafood

Richard Harrington 13 Feb 2012

Love to eat fish? Romance the seas this Valentines Day and only choose sustainable seafood Marine Conservation Society updates its seafood advice to put consumers in control There’s good news for fish lovers as Valentines Day approaches with a number of new entries to the MCS Fish to Eat list in our popular Good Fish Guide.

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News MCS calms fears of Barra Islanders over protection concerns

Richard Harrington 8 Feb 2012

MCS calms fears of Barra Islanders over protection concerns Support for Sound of Barra as Special Area of Conservation will not result in ‘no take zones’..

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News Plastic bag levy in Northern Ireland will rise to 10p in 2014

Richard Harrington 31 Jan 2012

Plastic bag levy in Northern Ireland will rise to 10p in 2014 5p levy set for introduction in April 2013 Northern Irish Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, has announced the introduction of a plastic bag levy in 2013.

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News MCS backs Spanish ban on Chinese lantern sales

Richard Harrington 23 Jan 2012

MCS backs Spanish ban on Chinese lantern sales We’re calling on UK authorities to take similar action to stop damage to environment and harm to wildlife MCS says it’s delighted that Spain has become the latest in a number of countries banning the sale and use of Chinese (sky) lanterns, and wants to see a ban on the manufacture, sale and release of the lanterns in the UK.

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News Young loggerhead washed up on Cornish beach is first report of 2012

Richard Harrington 17 Jan 2012

Young loggerhead washed up on Cornish beach is first report of 2012 Widemouth Bay is final resting place for endangered ocean traveller A small loggerhead turtle discovered dead on a beach near Bude is the first Cornish turtle record of 2012 and could play an important part in finding out more about these long distance ocean travellers.

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News Two of the rarest marine turtle species found on a Vale of Glamorgan beach

Richard Harrington 6 Jan 2012

Two of the rarest marine turtle species found on a Vale of Glamorgan beach Dead turtles found just yards from each other The warm water Kemp’s ridley turtles were reported to MCS after we urged walkers to report sightings of dead or alive turtles, after one was found on a beach in Ceredigion in December.

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News Red listed fish on our 'Fish to Avoid' list get the green light to be further overfished

Richard Harrington 21 Dec 2011

Red listed fish on our ‘Fish to Avoid’ list get the green light to be further overfished MCS appalled as scientific advice gives way to political pressure MCS says the latest decision by European Fisheries Ministers to set the amount of fish able to be caught at numbers exceeding scientifically recommended limits, is a disaster for the future of many fish stocks.

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News MCS calms fears of St Mawes sailors

Richard Harrington 6 Dec 2011

MCS has just returned from a trip to St Mawes Sailing club near Falmouth where local sailors heard why the charity is unhappy with suggestions that mearl beds could be moved temporarily, to allow dredging in Falmouth Harbour to continue as part of the ports ongoing development.

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News Falmouth fryer hails cod free week as a runaway success

Richard Harrington 6 Dec 2011

Falmouth fryer hails cod free week as a runaway success Confrimed cod eaters take the plunge and try sustainable alternatives The owner of Falmouth fish and chip shop, Harbour Lights, says his first cod free week has been a real success, with footfall up and customers happy to try alternative partners to chips.

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News Greenest Government ever' claims are seriously undermined as Chancellor calls for EU rules on Habitats to be bent

Richard Harrington 29 Nov 2011

“Greenest Government ever” claims are seriously undermined as Chancellor calls for EU rules on Habitats to be bent Just a week after moving the goal posts surrounding the designation of Marine Conservation Zones around the UK, the Government has once again called into question its commitment to green issues and conservation by indicating it will water down its implementation of the Habitats Regulations.

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News Improved sustainabilty ratings for UK restaurants driven by MCS advice

Richard Harrington 28 Nov 2011

Improved sustainabilty ratings for UK restaurants driven by MCS advice 27th November 2011 The restaurant-rating organisation Fish2fork has recorded an improvement in sustainability for more than forty five percent of the restaurants it surveys.

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News MCS kicks up a stink over number of untreated sewage discharges throughout UK

Richard Harrington 14 Nov 2011

MCS kicks up a stink over number of untreated sewage discharges throughout UK “New research shows there are thousands more of these discharges in water company ownership than previously thought We have obtained new information from water companies and environmental regulators throughout the UK that reveals, for the first time, the full extent of the problem of discharges of raw sewage to the environment.

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News Marine litter on the Rio agenda

Richard Harrington 4 Nov 2011

Marine litter on the Rio agenda MCS says it’s delighted that the development of a global action plan to combat marine litter and pollution is on the agenda at next years United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil.

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News Aquaculture standard sets benchmark

Richard Harrington 1 Nov 2011

Aquaculture standard sets benchmark MCS has taken part in a new film from the International Fish Oil and Fish Meal Organsation.

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News Turtle tracks reveal very different lifestyles

Richard Harrington 1 Nov 2011

If you’ve not yet signed up to follow our tagged turtles as they travel around the waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands - now may be the time to do so, as things hot up!

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News Untangling Grassholm's gannets

Richard Harrington 19 Oct 2011

Untangling Grassholm’s gannets The landscape at Grassholm, with colourful debris and affected gannets visible in foreground (above).

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News Marine visitors head to Devon and Cornwall

Richard Harrington 13 Oct 2011

Marine visitors head to Devon and Cornwall A bright blue prawn and a blenny with a black face are recorded further west than ever before MCS divers have recorded two species of prawn and blenny in Devon and Cornwall for the first time.

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News Third report of Portuguese Man o War for 2011 received MCS this week

Richard Harrington 11 Oct 2011

Third report of Portuguese Man o War for 2011 received MCS this week Three Portuguese Men o War were discovered washed up on Gwynver beach near Sennan Cove in Cornwall over the weekend.

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News MCS Seasearch divers discover new sponge species

Richard Harrington 10 Oct 2011

Seasearch divers find previously unknown species of sponge Encrusting purple creature takes on shape of whatever it covers Diving off the east coast of the UK into the North Sea may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but this summer a group of Seasearch divers quite literally chalked up some great finds in an area that gets little attention.

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News Report on World Conference on Marine Biodiversity

Richard Harrington 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 Seasearch divers discover giant rarity in the Orkney Isles

Richard Harrington 9 Sep 2011

Seasearch divers discover giant rarity in the Orkney Isles One of only fourteen live fan mussels to be found in UK at Scapa Flow.

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News RNLI calls to those rescued from rip currents to help with vital research

Richard Harrington 25 Aug 2011

RNLI calls to those rescued from rip currents to help with vital research Anyone who has experienced being caught in a rip current is being asked by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) to help the charity with important research by completing an online survey about their experience.

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News Did pollution warnings make your summer beach experience better?

Richard Harrington 22 Aug 2011

Did pollution warnings make your summer beach experience better? Over the summer 50 beaches in England and Wales have taken part in a trial to provide beach users with pollution warnings.

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News Non-native marine hitchhikers are bad news for UK shore dwellers

Richard Harrington 17 Aug 2011

Non-native marine hitchhikers are bad news for UK shore dwellers Crabs with hairy pincers, constantly copulating limpets and skeleton shrimps are among some of the strange sights you may see lurking on our shoreline.

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News North Sea leak should raise licensing questions

Richard Harrington 16 Aug 2011

MCS says it welcomes the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Marine Scotland’s decision to let natural processes take their course to disperse the oil leaking from the flow line beneath the Gannet Alpha oil platform, 113 miles (180km) off Aberdeen.

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News Endangered Leatherback turtles arrive in UK waters to munch on jellyfish.

Richard Harrington 10 Aug 2011

Endangered Leatherback turtles arrive in UK waters to munch on jellyfish.

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News Hugh's Fish Fight: the battle continues

Richard Harrington 8 Aug 2011

Hugh’s Fish Fight: the battle continues Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall made a series of programmes, broadcast on national television in January 2011 as part of a “Fish Fight” season.

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News HUGE NUMBERS OF JELLYFISH SWARM IN UK'S SUMMER SEAS

Richard Harrington 21 Jul 2011

HUGE NUMBERS OF JELLYFISH SWARM IN UK’S SUMMER SEAS MCS urges beach goers and sea users to take part in a national survey as barrel, moon, compass, blue and lion’s mane jellyfish swarm in our seas.

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News Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP)

Richard Harrington 13 Jul 2011

Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) The future of European fisheries depends on decisions being made now.

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News Moon jellyfish blooming in numbers forced the nuclear power station in Torness to close

Richard Harrington 4 Jul 2011

Moon jellyfish blooming in numbers forced the nuclear power station in Torness to close An enormous bloom of moon jellyfish has clogged up the sea around theTorness nuclear power station on the East Lothian coast.

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News Historic Summit Promises a Cleaner Safer Future for Northern Ireland Beaches

Richard Harrington 4 Jul 2011

Historic Summit Promises a Cleaner Safer Future for Northern Ireland Beaches MCS says positive meeting could result in monumental agreements cleaning up the Province’s coastline As a direct result of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Good Beach Guide published in May, Northern Ireland’s Environment Minister, Alex Attwood, hosted the first ever ‘Good Beach Summit’ in the Province.

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News Waste Review - a wasted opportunity

Richard Harrington 27 Jun 2011

The Government published its review of waste policy for England in June 2011.

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News MCS part of coalition that has turned 400,000 Government workers onto sustainable seafood

Richard Harrington 17 Jun 2011

MCS part of coalition that has turned 400,000 Government workers onto sustainable seafood MCS says the Government commitment to 100% sustainable fish in its catering for Number 10, Whitehall, Government Departments, prisons and some parts of the armed forces is a vast improvement on it’s earlier target of 60% MCS was one a group of organisations led by Sustain.

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News Sustainably farmed seafood holds key to future global food security

Richard Harrington 14 Jun 2011

MCS says a new report published today shows how important aquaculture is to global food supply, but highlights the need for the industry to develop in a way that minimises environmental impacts.

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News MCS says row risks long term future of mackerel fishery

Richard Harrington 6 Jun 2011

MCS says row risks long term future of mackerel fishery MCS is keen to see a swift and reasonable solution to the current situation in the North-East Atlantic which has resulted in a deadlock over mackerel quotas.

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News UK bathing waters on the brink of being cleanest ever

Richard Harrington 26 May 2011

UK bathing waters on the brink of being cleanest ever MCS demands communities, environmental regulators and water companies to embrace stricter standards In the latest edition of the Good Beach Guide, 461 UK beaches are recommended as having excellent bathing water quality - the third highest number in the Guide’s 24 year history.

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News MCS in group of conservation organisations calling for 30% protection of British marine areas

Richard Harrington 19 May 2011

MCS in group of conservation organisations calling for 30% protection of British marine areas MCS is part of the newly formed Marine Reserves Coalition which has launched a manifesto calling on the British government to commit to establishing an effective network of marine reserves that are fully protected from all potentially damaging activities and that encompasses at least 30 percent of Britain’s marine areas.

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News MCS and Prince of Wales at Selfridges "Project Ocean" launch

Richard Harrington 12 May 2011

MCS and Prince of Wales at Selfridges “Project Ocean” launch “The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) recently published its latest seafood advice, guiding consumers towards making sustainable choices in seafood.

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News Don't get the Royal Wedding blues, or reds or yellows - try some balloon alternatives

Richard Harrington 14 Apr 2011

Don’t get the Royal Wedding blues, or reds or yellows - try some balloon alternatives Marine Conservation Society says protect marine wildlife and ‘Don’t Let Go’ on April 29th With street parties planned to celebrate the nuptials of HRH Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is urging revellers not to release balloons as part of the fun because of the dangers they pose to marine wildlife.

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News Defra launch review of designated bathing beaches list

Richard Harrington 29 Mar 2011

Defra launch review of designated bathing beaches list Defra is starting its annual review of the list of designated bathing waters in England.

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News Beach lovers will benefit from better information on water quality

Richard Harrington 29 Mar 2011

Beach lovers will benefit from better information on water quality Beach profiles for bathing waters in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been published by the relevant environmental agency.

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News MCS and other NGOs write to Fisheries Minister

Richard Harrington 22 Mar 2011

MCS and other NGOs write to Fisheries Minister MCS and a number of other NGO’s including WWF, Greenpeace, RSPB, ClientEarth and OCEAN2012, are joint signatories on a letter to Fisheries Minister, Richard Benyon, outlining key priorities they have identified with regards to the reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

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News UK Marine Policy Statement published

Richard Harrington 18 Mar 2011

MCS says it welcomes the first ever UK Marine Policy Statement published today (18th march 2011).

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News Public pressure looks to have encouraged early debate on discards

Richard Harrington 1 Mar 2011

Public pressure looks to have encouraged early debate on discards European ministers are meeting in Brussels today.

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News MCS has a unique opportunity for a student looking for a MSc dissertation topic

Richard Harrington 11 Feb 2011

MCS has a unique opportunity for a student looking for a MSc dissertation topic Would you like to help in the vital work we do to protect our seas, shores and wildlife? MCS Aquaculture Officer, Dawn Purchase, is looking for a student who would like to get involved in a desk based literature review looking at the potential effects of climate change on aquaculture, with particular focus on containment of fish during increased wave energy in UK aqauculture.

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News Feeding the Fish of the Future - lets go alternative!

Richard Harrington 10 Feb 2011

Feeding the Fish of the Future - lets go alternative! MCS is urging the UK aquaculture supply chain, from feed producers to retailers, to cooperate in reducing the heavy reliance on fish oil prevalent in the industry.

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News Filling in the Good Beach Guide web survey wins Geoff a West Country break

Richard Harrington 8 Feb 2011

Filling in the Good Beach Guide web survey wins Geoff a West Country break Taking a few minutes to tell us what he thought about our Good Beach Guide website has won Geoff Willetts a short break on Dartmoor.

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News Most underwater photographers are concerned to protect the environment in which they work

Richard Harrington 31 Jan 2011

Most underwater photographers are concerned to protect the environment in which they take their pictures and to avoid stressing marine creatures when they are taking their images.

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News Ayrshire chippy wins MCS sponsored award for it's innovative menus and ideas

Richard Harrington 27 Jan 2011

Ayrshire chippy wins MCS sponsored award for it’s innovative menus and ideas The Chip Box, based in Stewarton, has been rewarded with a top industry accolade for serving up the perfect catch to it’s customers and offering a wide choice of sustainable fish on it’s menu.

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News Jamie's Fish Supper

Richard Harrington 7 Jan 2011

As part of Channel 4’s Big Fish Fight , Jamie Oliver has been getting hands on with fish and showing us how we can make tasty fish suppers that don’t just involve cod, chips and salt and vinegar.

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News Hugh's sustainable seafood feasts

Richard Harrington 7 Jan 2011

River Cottage guru, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall loves fish.

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News Hugh's Big Fish Fight

Richard Harrington 23 Dec 2010

Hugh’s Big Fish Fight Having highlighted the issues of the rearing, selling and husbandry of chickens to a shocked public three years ago, celebrity chef and River Cottage guru, Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall, takes on a new challenge in 2011 - to focus public attention on the UK’s fishing industry and find out why your fish supper may not be all it appears.

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News Seafood season

Richard Harrington 20 Dec 2010

MCS helps TV chefs encourage the UK to tackle more varied and sustainable fish dishes A week of programmes broadcast on Channel 4 last week was dedicated to catching, eating and cooking fish.

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News A winter beach walk - it'll warm your cockles!

Richard Harrington 6 Dec 2010

A winter beach walk - it’ll warm your cockles! If you’re reading this snuggled up at home, then spare a thought for some of the wildlife living on, and arriving at, our beaches as the cold weather really takes hold! Winter is a great time for looking at wildlife on the beach - especially the wildlife that thrives in chillier weather.

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News Seasearch divers have found what could be the world's longest chalk reef off East Anglia

Richard Harrington 26 Nov 2010

Seasearch divers have found what could be the world’s longest chalk reef off East Anglia Natural ‘Stonehenge’ discovered underwater MCS supporter and Seasearch diver, Rob Spray, has discovered what could be the world’s longest chalk reef off the coast of Norfolk.

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News MCS backs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's discard protest

Richard Harrington 16 Nov 2010

MCS backs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s discard protest TV chef wants to see an end to ‘insane’ waste of perfectly edible fish MCS has put its name to a campaign, to be officially launched by River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall in early 2011, to highlight the much criticised practice of discarding.

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News Isle of Man takes protection measures for fishing grounds

Richard Harrington 26 Oct 2010

Isle of Man takes protection measures for fishing grounds In support of the announcement described in the Isle of Man Government’s press release.

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News First Census Shows Life in Planet Ocean to be richer, but more affected by human activities than previously thought

Richard Harrington 4 Oct 2010

The Annual Review describes some of the key activities and outcomes of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) work during the year.

April 1st 2015 to 31st March 2016

MCS uses the funds donated by inividuals and organisations wisely, making good use out of every penny. To find out about how funds are spent, the Report and Financial Statements for the year:

April 1st 2015 to 31st March 2016 April 1st 2014 to 31st March 2015 April 1st 2013 to 31st March 2014

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is held each year for the purposes of adopting the Annual Accounts and the appointment of auditors. MCS members, who are the Society’s members under company law, are entitled to attend the AGM and vote.

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News Sign up now and join thousands of volunteers helping to turn the tide on UK beach litter

Richard Harrington 19 Jul 2010

Sign up now and join thousands of volunteers helping to turn the tide on UK beach litter The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) urgently needs volunteers to take part in the UK’s biggest beach clean and litter survey which takes place in September.

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News Swift action shows that balloon 'Don't Let Go' campaign is vital

Richard Harrington 15 Jul 2010

Swift action shows that balloon ‘Don’t Let Go’ campaign is vital The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says a swift that fell to earth entangled in a spent balloon and its string, clearly shows the dangers of mass releases seen at many outdoor events during the summer.

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News Brother raises money for Marine Conservation Society and urges water companies to be more accountable

Richard Harrington 10 Jun 2010

Brother raises money for Marine Conservation Society and urges water companies to be more accountable Cycling the UK in memory of sister killed by dirty seawater A man, who’s sister died in 1957 at the age of 6 after contracting polio from swimming in polluted seas, is cycling the length of the UK to raise funds for an environmental charity that continues the work his parents started in her memory.

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News Radio 1 beach clean volunteers love the litter

Richard Harrington 21 May 2010

Radio 1 beach clean volunteers love the litter MCS says it was delighted with the response from students in North Wales who collected 79 bags of rubbish off a beach near Abersoch as part of a innovative volunteering project with BBC Radio 1.

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News MCS in new Radio 1 initiative to highlight marine litter issues to students

Richard Harrington 13 May 2010

MCS in new Radio 1 initiative to highlight marine litter issues to students The Marine Conservation Society has been invited by the BBC to be part of a brand new initiative as part of the 10th BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend.

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News Fishing fleet working 17 times harder than 1880s to make same catch

Richard Harrington 5 May 2010

Fishing fleet working 17 times harder than 1880s to make same catch The UK trawl fishing fleet has to work 17 times harder to catch the same amount of fish today as it did when most of its boats were powered by sail, according to new research.

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News MCS is deeply concerned as oil continues to spill into Gulf of Mexico

Richard Harrington 4 May 2010

MCS is deeply concerned as oil continues to spill into Gulf of Mexico Following the explosion and subsequent sinking of the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers over a week ago, MCS says it is increasingly concerned about both the short and the long-term damage the continuing spill of oil will have on the area’s wildlife.

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News CHOKING HAZARD - BUT GULLS CAN'T READ

Richard Harrington 29 Apr 2010

CHOKING HAZARD - BUT GULLS CAN’T READ Our beaches are being overwhelmed with plastic litter.

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News Emma set to share her ideas on global beach cleaning

Richard Harrington 26 Apr 2010

Emma set to share her ideas on global beach cleaning Emma Snowden, from the MCS litter team, is currently in Mexico at the International Coastal Cleanup conference organised by Ocean Conservancy.

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News Marine Matters for UK Government

Richard Harrington 20 Apr 2010

Marine Matters for UK Government The next few years will be critical for the protection of our seas.

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News MCS welcomes biggest marine reserve in the world

Richard Harrington 8 Apr 2010

MCS says it’s thrilled that the UK Government has announced the creation of the largest marine protected area in the world.

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News MCS welcomes new marine management body

Richard Harrington 1 Apr 2010

MCS has welcomed the establishment of the brand new Marine Management Organisation set to operate as the ‘national champion of sustainable development in marine and coastal areas’.

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News Bluefin trade ban rejection is missed opportunity says MCS

Richard Harrington 19 Mar 2010

Following the rejection for a ban on the international trade of bluefin tuna at the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) in Doha, Melissa Pritchard, Fisheries Policy Officer at the Marine Conservation Society says she’s extremely disappointed with the vote “We are disappointed and disgusted that the vote on the CITES appendix 1 listing of the majestic bluefin was defeated this morning.

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News MCS supports call to ban trade in Northern Atlantic Bluefin

Richard Harrington 10 Mar 2010

The Marine Conservation Society reports that the future of one of the most majestic species to make its home in European waters - bluefin tuna - could be decided within days, along with two other highly endangered fish, the spiny dogfish and porbeagle.

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News MCS backs call for World's Largest Marine Reserve

Richard Harrington 5 Mar 2010

The Marine Conservation Society and other leading scientific and conservation organisations from around the world have been joined by more than 250,000 people calling on the UK government to establish a protected area in the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), which is made up of the Chagos Islands and its surrounding waters.

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News MCS shows Minister Lundy at its best

Richard Harrington 5 Mar 2010

MCS has taken Fisheries Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies on a day trip to Lundy Island to see England’s only Marine Conservation Zone first hand.

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News MCS rallies support in Marine Conservation Zone talks

Richard Harrington 2 Mar 2010

The Marine Conservation Society has found three highly qualified individuals who will be able to represent MCS at meetings to help plan new marine protected areas in the Northeast of England .

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News MCS helps protect Welsh waters from damaging scallop dredging.

Richard Harrington 1 Mar 2010

The Marine Conservation Society has been involved in securing a groundbreaking agreement from the Welsh Assembly Government to restrict scallop dredging from current Welsh Marine Protected Areas.

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News Throw away culture makes sea of plastic

Richard Harrington 26 Feb 2010

A mid ocean floating plastic dump, that’s just been discovered in the Atlantic, has been labelled a sad indictment of our throw away culture and a potential menace to marine wildlife and humans, by MCS.

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News Fish food for thought

Richard Harrington 24 Feb 2010

MCS Aquaculture Office, Dawn Purchase, has told the EU Fisheries Commission in Brussels that environmental sustainability is not a barrier to industry growth.

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News The UK Marine and Coastal Access Act

Richard Harrington 30 Nov -0001

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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News Court hearing over a licence to pollute

Richard Harrington 30 Nov -0001

Court hearing over a licence to pollute Six of the biggest water companies in England and Wales are launching a legal appeal against the Environment Agency which has sought to impose licenses on 4,193 combined sewer overflows (CSO), 20 years after Parliament was promised that these sewage pipes would be properly licensed.

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