Marine Conservation Society

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Marine Conservation Society
Founded 1983 (1983)
Type Charitable organisation
Registration no. England and Wales: 1004005 Scotland: SC037480
Focus Marine Conservation, Overfishing, Pollution
  • Over Ross House, Ross Park, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 7QQ
Area served United Kingdom
Key people Charles,_Prince_of_Wales
Revenue £ 1.8 million (2013)[1]
Slogan Protecting our Seas, Shores and Wildlife

The Marine Conservation Society is a UK charity for the protection of the seas around the United Kingdom, and for the protection of their shores and wildlife.[2]

According to their website MCS's Vision is:

"For seas rich in wildlife, abundant fish stocks and pollution free beaches and bathing waters – seas that are fit for wildlife to thrive in and for people to enjoy, and seas that will support future generations with abundant resources."

Their website also states:

"We champion the need for marine wildlife protection, sustainable fisheries and clean seas and beaches."

The society was first set up under the name "Underwater Conservation Society" in 1977 when it was championed by Bernard Eaton, together with leading scientists and other public figures including HRH The Prince of Wales. The society later adopted the name "Marine Conservation Society" and was registered with the Charity Commission in 1983.[3]

The Charity's main current concerns about the UK seas are:

  • Too many fish are being taken out due to much fishing[4]
  • Too much rubbish is being thrown into the seas[5]
  • Not enough protection the marine wildlife and vital fish stocks[6]

To combat these the MCS have helped introduce many Marine Acts to better protect UK seas and marine life,[7] influenced sustainable seafood choices by major retailers and consumers through the Good Fish Guide[8] to help improve dwindling fish stocks, and have also brought together thousands of volunteers in their "Beachwatch" projects to clean beaches of litter.[9]



The Society won a coveted "Coast Award 2011". It achieved the award of "Best Green Marine Campaign" for its Beachwatch project, the marine litter survey and its clean-ups held at beaches all around the UK.[10]

Registered charity no. (England and Wales) 1004005, Registered charity no. (Scotland) SCO37480


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