MPA local engagement

While we are the national charity for our seas, shores and wildlife, our impact is achieved by people: staff and volunteers working as individuals or together as a team, engaging with people outside our organisation in a variety of ways to achieve seas full of life where nature flourishes and people thrive. We appreciate that each of us and every individual, organisation, decision-maker, beach, harbour, port and coastal community we engage with is unique and we are working to design and implement effective local projects.

Wherever we are able to, we engage locally to address particular needs and better understand the people and wild places that make our coast and sea so unique. We believe that solutions that are grounded in local knowledge and understanding are likely to be more durable.

Scotland Token Diver
© Calum Duncan

Seasearch in MPAs

Volunteer divers deliver crucial data


Eddystone Lighthouse

The Eddystone Project

Collaborating to monitor the effect of an MPA in Cornwall


Croyde Beach
© Jack Holt

Shared Seas

Working with communities to shape the future of our seas



Did you know?…

Over 500,000 records on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’

Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns

MCS launched Seasearch in 2003 to train volunteer divers to record and monitor wildlife and habitats

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