Marine Conservation Society
In June 2015, we awarded Marine Conservation Society £100,000 over three years towards the their core programme.
The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the voice for everyone who loves the sea. MCS works to secure a future for living seas, and to save threatened sea life before it is lost forever. Our work ensures that the sea’s rich wildlife can be restored, fish stocks grow more plentiful, and beaches and seawater become cleaner. The MCS vision is Seas fit for life – clean seas and coasts that support abundant marine life, healthy fish stocks and enjoyment for all. The charity’s mission is to achieve measurable improvements in the state of our seas, marine biodiversity and fish stocks through changes in government policy, industry practice and individual behaviour.
- MCS’s September 2016 Great British Beach Clean weekend saw nearly 6,000 volunteers clean 364 beaches and record details of 268,384 pieces of litter.
- Sustainable Fisheries MCS’ Good Fish Guide aims to help consumers and seafood suppliers make environmentally sound choices by listing fish with their Fish to Eat or Fish to Avoid rating – red, green or amber. During 2016-17, the charity launched a mobile app of the Good Fish Guide which became a 2016 Gold winner in the prestigious London Design Awards, which recognise creativity and leading design across a range of categories.
- Ocean Literacy in 2016: The charity’s Sea Champions Network trained over 60 education volunteers to deliver Cool Seas workshops to inspire the next generation of marine conservationists. Sea Champions visited 146 schools, universities and Brownie/Scout groups, delivering sessions to over 12,000 young people from primary school to university level.