Our Vision and Mission

Our vision

Seas full of life - seas and coasts where nature flourishes and people thrive.

Our mission

To drive political, cultural and social change for healthy seas and coasts that support abundant marine wildlife, sustainable livelihoods and enjoyment for all.

What we stand for

Science and people - our staff, volunteers, supporters and partners - are at the heart of everything we do.

We act beacause everyone relies on the ocean to survive, from the air we breathe to the food we eat.

By helping people to discover, value and enjoy being connected to our seas, we can all make better decisions today, which will ensure seas full of life for future generations.

Why we need to act

Our seas are under threat - from pollution, overfishing and a lack of protection. We are taking too much out, for example fish and oil - often using intensive or destructive techniques. We are putting too much in - waste, pollution and damaging development.

© Owen Walters

What we need to achieve

Stop taking too much out of our seas
MCS will work to ensure sustainable use of the seas by minimising harm when we harvest resources, for example through fishing and oil extraction.

Stop putting too much into our seas
MCS will work to prevent and clean up marine litter and pollution, and to minimise damage from development and climate change.

Actions you can take

  1. Take part in our latest campaigns
  2. Explore the 'How you can help' section of our website
  3. Open our Strategy 2017 - 2027 .pdf
  4. Read our annual reports and reviews

Did you know?…

MCS started in 1983 in a garden shed in Herefordshire

MCS launched the Good Fish Guide in 2001 to help people make good seafood choices

MCS launched its Beachwatch programme in 1994

Celebrate our Blue Planet

Join us to Celebrate our Blue Planet with Ben Garrod and special guests at our AGM on 8th November in London, supported by our partner Glenmorangie

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Stop the plastic tide

Support our appeal to turn the tide on plastics.

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