Latest press releases…

Press Release MCS response to Resources and Waste Strategy

18 Dec 2018

Dr Chris Tuckett, Director of Programmes at the Marine Conservation Society, comments on the Resources and Waste Strategy announced today by DEFRA.

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Team Status Row

Press Release Three women, a boat, the Atlantic and whole load of plastic

11 Dec 2018

Team Status Row take on the world’s toughest row to increase awareness of plastic pollution, raising funds for the Marine Conservation Society.

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Press Release Prestigious UK sporting venues and clubs come together to tackle single-use plastic pollution

4 Dec 2018

A meeting organised by the British Association for Sustainable Sport, the Marine Conservation Society and the #OneLess campaign gathered senior figures from leading sports venues, clubs and events to address the issue of single-use plastics and explore ways to reduce them from their venues and events.

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Swansea beachclean

Press Release Record numbers clean up in 25th Great British Beach Clean around Welsh coasts

29 Nov 2018

Over 1,300 volunteers in Wales have taken part in this year’s Great British Beach Clean, organised by the Marine Conservation Society. The charity has published the event’s report online and not only does it show record breaking volunteer and beach event numbers it also re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on UK beaches.

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Press Release Record numbers clean up in Scotland’s 25th Great British Beach Clean

29 Nov 2018

The charity has published the event’s report online which re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on Scottish beaches. Volunteers removed 2,503kg of litter across the Scottish coastline.

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Press Release Record numbers clean up in 25th Great British Beach Clean

Clare Fischer 29 Nov 2018

The charity has published the event’s report online and not only does it show record breaking volunteer and beach event numbers it also re-emphasises the shocking amounts of plastic litter on UK beaches.

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Press Release Calling all divers - competition prize will help conserve reefs

7 Nov 2018

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) and Biosphere Expeditions, in partnership with Reef Check, is offering a free place on an expedition to dive and observe some of the most fabulous reefs in the world.

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Press Release New fish finger guide reveals that some brands are more sustainable than fresh fish

2 Nov 2018

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), says the sustainability of the nation’s favourite entry level fish product – the fish finger – isn’t as bad as may be imagined. The majority of fish in 48 retail own-brand and branded fingers it investigated came from sustainable green rated ‘Best Choice’ sources when the charity’s Good Fish Guide ratings were applied to the fish ingredient*

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Pocket Good Fish Guide 2018

Press Release There’s always a catch when it comes to sustainable seafood

4 Oct 2018

The Marine Conservation Society publishes its latest seafood ratings today. MCS says the key to making the right seafood choices is understanding what it is, where it is from and how it is caught or farmed, and using the Good Fish Guide website, app and pocket guide.

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Press Release Helpers flock to the aid of 25th national coastal clean up

18 Sep 2018

Well over 1,000 people took part around Wales over the weekend at this year’s Great British Beach Clean, at 60 different beaches spread all around the coast.

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Press Release Taking country to the beach

10 Sep 2018

Chart-topping country duo, Ward Thomas, will be putting down their guitars and grabbing a pair of litter pickers to help clean up two beaches on the south coast as part of Great British Beach Clean.

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Gwithian Beachclean

Press Release Call for beach lovers to join 25th annual coastal clean up

7 Sep 2018

A clean-up is being run at Gwithian beach on Saturday 15th September 2018, at 12:30pm, and the Marine Conservation Society says volunteers are needed to help clean and take part.

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Press Release New map of Scotland's hidden coastline will help in fight against beach litter

28 Aug 2018

The SCRAPbook project has been mapping the extent of litter around the Scottish coastline, today is launching a map to display the aerial photography captured.

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Press Release Record breaking consultation reveals British people want the ‘plastic tax’

20 Aug 2018

Environmentalists celebrate the mass participation to what was dubbed the ‘plastic-tax consultation’ in the largest response to a call for evidence in the Treasury’s history. Over 220 organisations and 400,000 citizens have responded to the Treasury’s call for evidence on the introduction of tax or charges on single use (throwaway) plastic items. The Treasury has released today its analyses of the responses and the evidence received.

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Press Release In the Year of the Sea, be part of the biggest ever Wales-wide beach litter pick!

17 Jul 2018

Marine Conservation Society seeks hundreds of volunteers for its 25th annual clean-up

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Press Release Be part of the biggest ever Scotland-wide beach litter pick!

17 Jul 2018

The Marine Conservation Society seeks thousands of volunteers for its 25th annual clean-up

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Press Release Government's post-Brexit fisheries proposals are vague on how they will achieve world leading sustainable fisheries say conservationists

4 Jul 2018

The long-awaited Government White Paper outlining post-Brexit plans for fisheries management in its waters has been published. MCS says the resulting Fisheries Bill seems like it will be far too narrow in scope, missing an opportunity to make our future fisheries truly world-leading and sustainable.

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Press Release Check your scrub – personal products containing microbeads are banned from sale from today

19 Jun 2018

Now ban must be extended to cleaning and other products says Marine Conservation Society

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Royal Cornwall Show 2018

Press Release Ross-on-Wye marine charity takes part in Prince of Wales' Countryside Parade

Richard Harrington 13 Jun 2018

Marine Conservation Society attends the Royal Cornwall Show to help celebrate its President’s lifelong contribution to rural life

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Langland beachclean

Press Release Help give Langland a litter free start to summer

13 Jun 2018

Marine Conservation Society hopes volunteer cleaners will come and give Gower beach a spruce-up after a busy spring

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Press Release Third round of Marine Conservation Zone designation could result in 40% of English seas being protected

8 Jun 2018

Today’s announcement that the designation of 41 proposed Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) for English waters will be open to public consultation over the next six weeks has been welcomed by the UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

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Press Release 25th Great British Beach Clean has the opportunity to break records, says marine charity

7 Jun 2018

Cleaning more beaches could tip the balance when it comes to stopping the plastic tide says Marine Conservation Society

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Press Release Devon resorts aim to be plastic straw-free with support from UK's leading marine charity

21 May 2018

It could be the final straw soon for three Devon towns as they bid to make their businesses plastic straw free. Teignmouth, Dawlish and Dawlish Warren will host the Marine Conservation Society’s straw monster, to raise awareness of single-use plastic.

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Press Release Seaside Scavenge takes beach cleaning to new audience

Clare Fischer 8 May 2018

The Seaside Scavenge is being launched at Watergate Bay Beach, on Wednesday 30 May. The Cornish beach will become a trading station where beach cleaners can swap tokens for pre-loved items donated by the public to help bring the concept of the circular economy to life.

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Authors4oceans

Press Release UK authors come together to tackle ocean plastics

Jack O'Donovan 24 Apr 2018

50 of the UK’s best-known children’s authors and illustrators have joined forces to launch AUTHORS-4-OCEANS, a campaign to encourage both the book industry and young readers to ditch the plastic.

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Riverclean

Press Release Join marine and river charities as they clean up the Thames with supermarket staff

19 Apr 2018

Join marine and river charities as they clean up the Thames with supermarket staff. Marine Conservation Society and Thames21 invite volunteers to spruce up the river at Slough as part of Waitrose partnership. Members of the public are being urged to join staff from Waitrose as they help investigate the link between river and marine litter.

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Press Release Pilots to identify Scotland's marine litter hotspots, new project

Jack Versiani Holt 16 Apr 2018

The SCRAPbook project will take to the skies to find Scotland’s coastal and marine litter hotspots. Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography will see aerial photographs taken and fed into an online scrapbook for volunteers, communities, schools and individuals to direct beach clean up and survey activity.

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Langland Bay

Press Release Give Langland a litter free start to Spring

Clare Fischer 5 Apr 2018

After a battering from winter seas and winds, Langland Bay on the Gower needs help to get rid of the beach litter that has washed up or blown onto the shore in recent months.

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Press Release Deposit Refund System announced for England

Richard Harrington 28 Mar 2018

The Marine Conservation Society is delighted at the Environmental Secretary’s announcement today, that a scheme for deposit returns on plastic and glass bottles and metal cans is to be introduced in England.

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Press Release Good Fish Guide - latest fish ratings out today

Clare Fischer 15 Mar 2018

As the UK prepares to find a way to secure a bigger share of the fish post Brexit, we think it’s time to swap our traditional top five favourite fish for new choices that’ll support the UK’s fishing and aquaculture industries. Check out our latest ‘Best Choices’ list and let’s make dab, hake, herring, mussels and mackerel the new cod, haddock, salmon, prawns and tuna.

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Press Release Targeting the Thames in the Waitrose Beach and River Clean-up series

Jack Versiani Holt 15 Feb 2018

The UK’s leading marine charity, will be cleaning up river banks and recording the litter found for the first time, thanks to the support of one of the country’s leading supermarkets.

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Press Release Deposit returns will cut #wildbottlesightings

Jack Versiani Holt 31 Jan 2018

We’ve handed our #wildbottlesightings report to Scotland’s Environment Cabinet Secretary. In less than two years we’ve received 6,000 reports of drinks bottles and cans littered all over Scotland’s rural, urban and coastal landscapes. Clear evidence that a deposit return system is needed.

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Press Release UK Government's plan for nature fails to deliver

Richard Harrington 11 Jan 2018

The Marine Conservation Society says today that Defra’s 25 year plan lacks ambition, urgency and coherence

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Coffee by the sea

Press Release ‘Cappuccino charge’ and ‘latte levy’ must just be stepping stones to a 100% of single use coffee cups being recycled

Richard Harrington 5 Jan 2018

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) says it welcomes the recommendations in a report out today from the Environmental Audit Committee calling for a ‘latte levy’ of 25p on disposable coffee cups with the revenue raised paying for improved recycling facilities.

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Plastic bottles

Press Release UK needs urgent action on plastic bottle waste, says new report by committee of MPs

Richard Harrington 22 Dec 2017

The Marine Conservation Society backs demands for Deposit Return Systems, as a Parliamentary Committee calls for Urgent Action on Plastic Waste

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Press Release From kitchen to coast - don’t cause a stink down your festive sink!

Clare Fischer 18 Dec 2017

With millions of households, restaurants and eateries serving up a fabulous festive roast on Christmas Day, we warn people not to pour leftover cooking fats and oils down the sink. Sewers clogged up with fat stops waste water reaching treatment works and can ultimately result in untreated sewage ending up on our beaches and sea.

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Press Release Fishing levels continue to be set too high in penultimate December council meeting before date set for Brexit

Jack Versiani Holt 13 Dec 2017

The Marine Conservation Society says that this year a number of stocks will continue to be fished above levels advised by scientists. MCS says it’s particularly concerned about the lack of progress on these stocks ahead of Brexit.

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Press Release Beach litter rises 6% around Scottish coasts in just a year, shocking report reveals

Clare Fischer 30 Nov 2017

The UK’s largest and most influential annual beach clean-up and survey report released. Scotland beach litter rose and the country had the fourth highest litter density for a third year in a row.

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Press Release Beach litter rises 10% in the UK, shocking report reveals

Clare Fischer 30 Nov 2017

The UK’s largest beach clean-up survey is released. The 2017 event saw 6,944 volunteer beach cleaners pick up record amounts of litter from 339 UK beaches – on average, a staggering 718 bits of rubbish from every 100 metres cleaned.

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

Clare Fischer 13 Nov 2017

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

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Press Release Seahorse show stopper to grace 'Cake International'

Clare Fischer 3 Nov 2017

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

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

Richard Harrington 2 Nov 2017

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

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

Richard Harrington 6 Oct 2017

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

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Press Release Big support for coffee cup charges in Scotland

Richard Harrington 4 Oct 2017

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

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Press Release Environment Minister Joins Volunteers Armed With Litter Pickers For The Great British Beach Clean At Aldeburgh

Richard Harrington 16 Sep 2017

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), was joined by the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey at Aldeburgh beach today when she took part in the charity’s Great British Beach Clean.

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Press Release Portuguese Man O' War Washing Up On UK Shores

Richard Harrington 12 Sep 2017

Beachgoers warned not to touch these stinging jellyfish-like creatures

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is urging autumn beach visitors to look out for a bizarre stinging creature, the Portuguese man o’ war, but advises people not to touch.

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Press Release Leading marine charity says there's widespread support to ditch 'flushable' claim from wet wipe packaging

Richard Harrington 5 Sep 2017

As a monster made out of wet wipes heads to the Thames, the UK’s leading marine charity says there’s widespread support to ditch ‘flushable’ claim from wet wipe packaging.

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Press Release Volunteers needed for Fisherrow Sands beach clean!

Richard Harrington 21 Aug 2017

Visiting eXXpedition crew and Wild About Scotland bus will be calling in to look for litter on the East Lothian beach.

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Press Release Can you help create one of the biggest beach cleaning event ever in Wales?

Richard Harrington 14 Aug 2017

Marine Conservation Society bidding to clean up to more beaches than ever before across the country in just four days

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Press Release Can you help create Scotland's biggest beach cleaning event?

Richard Harrington 10 Aug 2017

Marine Conservation Society bidding to clean up 150 beaches across the country in just four days.

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Press Release New report says Welsh Government must show greater leadership to protect seas

Richard Harrington 9 Aug 2017

A National Assembly Committee has stressed the need for the Welsh Government to give “urgent” attention to Marine Protected Areas in Wales

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Press Release Wallace, the wet wipe monster, heads to Newquay to highlight why 'flushing' is bad for bathing

Richard Harrington 7 Aug 2017

National marine charity teams up with South West Water to launch ‘Love Your Loo’ campaign

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Press Release Marine Conservation Society and Waitrose aim to create biggest beach and river clean event series ever

Richard Harrington 18 Jul 2017

UK’s leading marine charity joins forces with supermarket to fight plastic beach pollution.

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Press Release Could you spare a couple of hours to give Langland Bay a summer clean?

Richard Harrington 6 Jul 2017

Marine Conservation Society seeks volunteers to gather and record litter.

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Press Release Over 5,000 people give up single-use plastic in support of Herefordshire charity

Richard Harrington 5 Jul 2017

Marine Conservation Society ‘delighted’ with national take-up

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Press Release Former EA bathing water expert joins marine charity to head up conservation work

Richard Harrington 3 Jul 2017

Marine Conservation Society welcomes new Director of Programmes.

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Press Release High Street Eateries And Pubs Falling Short On Seafood Sustainability

Richard Harrington 3 Jul 2017

High street restaurants and pubs need to do more to prevent seafood being overfished, analysis by Fish2fork and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) shows.

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Press Release High street eateries and pubs falling short on seafood sustainability

Richard Harrington 29 Jun 2017

Some big names risking future fish stock - whilst others are a great catch

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Press Release Wallace, the wet wipe monster, heads to East Looe to highlight why 'flushing' is bad for bathing

Richard Harrington 25 May 2017

Marine Conservation Society brings answers to pollution problems at Looe Festival of the Sea

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Press Release Conservationists and students clean up Kilninian beach

Richard Harrington 23 May 2017

Marine Conservation Society and Greenpeace join 25 primary school children on North West Mull as part of scientific expedition

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Press Release New protection measures for Scottish Sea Loch announced

Richard Harrington 19 May 2017

Marine Conservation Society says action for Loch Carron must be just the start of further protections

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Press Release Marine Conservation Society urges people to get through June without plastic

Richard Harrington 2 May 2017

Plastic Challenge will highlight our reliance on this substance of convenience

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Press Release Marine Conservation Society urges people in Wales to sign up to a war on waste

Richard Harrington 7 Apr 2017

Charity has launched petition to tackle food and drink litter on beaches.

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Press Release MSP recognised for her support of flame shell beds

Richard Harrington 3 Apr 2017

MSP Maree Todd has been recognised by local marine conservationists

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Press Release Beach clean and litter survey to get Langland ready for Spring, Can you lend a hand?

Richard Harrington 29 Mar 2017

Could you spare a couple of hours to help the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) give Langland bay a Spring clean?

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Press Release Has your council banned balloon releases?

Richard Harrington 23 Mar 2017

Marine Conservation Society urges public to back local bans as balloon litter on beaches rises by over 50%

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Press Release It's 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

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Press Release It's make or break time for the microbeads ban

Richard Harrington 28 Feb 2017

On the day the Government’s microbeads consultation closes, businesses have joined environmental campaigners in calling for a comprehensive ban on microbeads.

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Press Release How your seafood dishes could help ensure there's plenty of fish in the sea

Richard Harrington 27 Feb 2017

Charity launches ‘Change for Fish’ scheme for restaurants to help raise awareness of seafood sustainability

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

Richard Harrington 23 Feb 2017

The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) 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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Press Release Big loopholes for tiny microbeads in government's proposed ban

Richard Harrington 8 Feb 2017

YouGov polling for the microbeads coalition has shown that a large proportion of people wash make-up and skincare products down the drain.

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Press Release Marine Conservation Society boosted by support of players of People's Postcode Lottery

Richard Harrington 26 Jan 2017

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is delighted to have attended the 2017 People’s Postcode Lottery annual Charity Gala this week, where it was announced that £66.3 million was awarded to charities and good causes in 2016 - all thanks to players of People’s Postcode Lottery.

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Press Release Devon based restaurateur, chef and author scoops sustainable fish supper award

Richard Harrington 26 Jan 2017

‘Rockfish’ batters competition for acclaimed chippie accolade

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Press Release High Street Restaurant and Pub Chains Rated for Seafood Sustainability

Richard Harrington 19 Jan 2017

Lack of Clarity on the Menu leaves Diners in the Dark when making a Seafood Choice

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Press Release New Year - New You?

Richard Harrington 23 Dec 2016

Feeling like a beached whale after Christmas? Clear away those winter blues with a beach clean at Langland!

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Press Release Government must avoid loopholes in microbeads ban

Richard Harrington 20 Dec 2016

Responding to reports that the Government’s consultation on microbeads will be launched this week, a joint statement by the Environmental Investigation Agency, Fauna and Flora International, Greenpeace UK and the Marine Conservation Society, said: We are very pleased to welcome the launch of this consultation, and we look forward to working with the Government to ensure that these tiny harmful plastics no longer reach our oceans.

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Press Release We're all ears, say campaigners against Falmouth dredging plans

Richard Harrington 15 Dec 2016

Licensing body remains silent despite thousands calling for end to Falmouth dredge saga.

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Press Release 'Protect more of our sea around Beachy Head', says local MP

Richard Harrington 13 Dec 2016

MP Caroline Ansell backs call to keep iconic coastal waters special

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Press Release Decade-long study of beach litter finds sharp rise in types of litter such as polystyrene foam, balloons and fishing nets

Richard Harrington 30 Nov 2016

Near-doubling of smaller plastic pieces likely to continue as items enter the sea and break down

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Press Release Number of plastic bags on Scotland's beaches continues to drop

Richard Harrington 22 Nov 2016

Marine charity says 5p is a small price to pay for fewer carriers at the coast.

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Press Release Number of plastic bags on UK beaches drops by almost half in just one year

Richard Harrington 22 Nov 2016

Marine charity says 5p has been small price to pay for fewer carriers at the coast

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Press Release Government's scientists' new proposals to help restore England's seas are welcomed by leading conservation charities

Richard Harrington 18 Nov 2016

New Marine Conservation Zones proposed for English Waters The Government’s scientific advisors have provided proposals on where a final set of Marine Conservation Zones are needed around England.

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Press Release Former national Seasearch coordinator receives recognition for spending thousands of hours under the waves

Richard Harrington 17 Nov 2016

A lifetime of diving and recording recognised with national award for Chris Wood

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Press Release Environment campaigners welcome announcement of investigation into microplastics by Chief Medical Officer

Richard Harrington 14 Nov 2016

The Government has announced today that the Department of Health will review impacts of microplastic pollution on human health as well as harm to the marine environment, in response to a recent inquiry on microplastic pollution.

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Press Release See Cornwall from a kayak!

Richard Harrington 8 Nov 2016

Fundraising expedition led by expert paddlers will give a sea view of the Cornish coas

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Press Release Conservation charity says no damaging fishing activities should be allowed in Welsh marine protected sites

Richard Harrington 1 Nov 2016

Welsh government has revealed plans which could result in new parts of a protected site in our seas being opened up to damaging practices

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Press Release MCS backs calls to end inappropriate marketing and labelling of 'flushable' products

Richard Harrington 25 Oct 2016

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) has been leading calls for changes in the wet wipes labelled as ‘flushable’ and has been driving collaboration on this issue.

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Press Release Increased number of Good Fish Guide ratings for squid, the prawn cocktail of the 21st century

Richard Harrington 19 Oct 2016

Squid from Japan gets the green light from Marine Conservation Society whilst diners should treat calamari from other fisheries with caution

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Press Release Why do so many sharks like the Sea of the Hebrides?

Richard Harrington 12 Oct 2016

More sharks tracked in the proposed Sea of the Hebrides Marine Protected Area.

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Press Release The secret life of Lugworms

Richard Harrington 29 Sep 2016

Citizen scientists needed to help shed light on the sex-life of this important coastal species Love is in the air along our coastlines this autumn and the Marine Conservation Society is asking the public to keep an eye out for signs of passion in the lugworm population.

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Press Release Environment Minister cleans up at Porthtowan beach

Richard Harrington 28 Sep 2016

The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), was joined by Environment Minister and local MP, George Eustice, for a clean-up on Porthtowan beach yesterday.

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Press Release New campaign sees 1000s of people take action for Falmouth Bay

Richard Harrington 27 Sep 2016

Secrecy surrounds plans to destroy underwater nature reserve

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Press Release Make Brighton your marine marathon and produce a run for our seas!

Richard Harrington 14 Sep 2016

Marine Conservation Society has charity places to fill The UK’s leading marine charity, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), is looking for three runners to take part in the Brighton marathon, one of the country’s favourite 26.2milers, whilst raising funds for better protected and cleaner seas.

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Press Release We should not take marine life for granted, says nature and wildlife illustrator, Millie Marotta

Richard Harrington 14 Sep 2016

Colour for Marine Conservation and protect Britain’s underwater wonders.

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Press Release Meet Wallace, a monster made from wet wipes, and find out why you should be a 'binner' not a 'flusher'

Richard Harrington 13 Sep 2016

Marine Conservation Society and South West Water set to reveal why misleading labelling must be wiped out

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Press Release Cramond Cubs club together to clean up!

Richard Harrington 12 Sep 2016

The 82nd Craigalmond Cubs headed out to clean Cramond Beach last night after a workshop given by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS).

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