Responsible fisheries and aquaculture
We will ensure there are more fish in healthier seas, improve the way wild fisheries and farms are managed and influence consumers and seafood businesses to be more responsible in their seafood buying choices.
We will ensure our seas are cleaner, track the health of our seas, identify key sources of pollution and develop innovative solutions for preventing and cleaning it up.
We will ensure our seas are better protected, improve marine management, secure more well-managed marine protected areas, recover, nurture and protect marine species and habitats, and track ocean recovery through research partnerships and citizen science.
Where we work
To ensure we have the most impact, and that we connect with people and strategically engage in projects in pursuit of our goals, we have bases in Ross-on-Wye, Edinburgh and London, and are present elsewhere in the UK, including Wales, the South-East and the South-West of England. We plan to further increase our coastal presence and extend our reach in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
We also engage in policy development, educational projects and international work in the EU and beyond. Our international work focuses on marine conservation primarily in the North-East Atlantic and the UK Overseas Territories to help us achieve our goals and to provide learning and best practice that we can use across our programmes.
How we achieve our goals
- We use science to understand our seas.
- We find creative solutions.
- We build partnerships.
- We inspire, campaign and educate.
- We advocate for policy changes.
- We are persistent in pursuing our long-term goals.
- We connect with and empower people to take action and participate in our campaigns.
- We run a national Sea Champions volunteer programme to spread our message in local communities.
- We work with people and organisations to encourage behaviour change
- We encourage understanding of the value of a healthy ocean.
- We provide open-access, accurate data through our innovative citizen science programmes.
Actions you can take
- Open our Strategy 2017 - 2027 .pdf
- Explore the 'How you can help' section of our website
- Take part in our latest campaigns
- Read our annual reports and reviews
Did you know?…
MCS established its Scotland office and programme in 2000 in Edinburgh
MCS started in 1983 in a garden shed in Herefordshire
MCS first launched the Good Beach Guide in 1987 as a book to highlight the woeful state of the UK’s bathing waters