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

By: Clare Fischer
Date posted: 24 October 2017

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

The recognition, from Scotland’s weekly current affairs magazine, Scottish Review, is for her work helping to run MCS’ conservation work in the country focussing on reducing marine litter pollution, running the Great British Beach Clean across Scottish beaches as well a delivering workshops in schools on the negative impacts of litter on marine wildlife.

Catherine, 28, was also behind the social media action #wildbottlesighting which has far generated more than 6,000 reports in Scotland alone.

Catherine was nominated by Jenni Hume, Campaign Manager from the Have You Got the Bottle? campaign and John Mayhew, Director at the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland who have all worked closely on ensuring that a deposit return system will be introduced in the country.

Catherine says she’s delighted to have been included in the list: “I was honoured to hear that I had been listed for the work I have been doing with MCS over the past couple of years. It’s been an amazing whirlwind of beach cleans, school visits, campaigns and parliamentary work and I can’t wait to see what the next couple of years have in store.”

But as in all good acceptance speeches, Catherine says it’s not all down to her!

“A huge shout out has to go to all of our amazing volunteers in Scotland without whom none of my work would be possible, thank you.”

Catherine says that she’s always loved the sea, the ocean and dolphins. Now she wakes up every morning for her dream job which combines her passions for working with people and campaigning for environmental awareness.

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Did you know?…

MCS established its Scotland office and programme in 2000 in Edinburgh

Scotland has 10% of Europe’s coastline

To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’