Thanks to everyone who took part in the Great European Nurdle Hunt last month - the results are in! Nurdles were noted from Norway to Mallorca, from Greece to the Azores and a staggering 69% of hunts found nurdles present. The European Plastics Strategy is due to be published by the end of this year & will take into account all of this information. Read the full results here - [ Bit.ly Link ]
Thanks to everyone who took part in the Great European Nurdle Hunt

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Look what we've found! (Well, actually it was our fab South West Sea Champ manager Jules Agate).
A small crab, not recorded in the UK for almost 60 years! Jules found the little devil, whose Latin name is Xaiva biguttata. at Lee Bay, near Barnstaple.
Jules initially thought it was a juvenile shore crab, which is a common species around our coasts, but thought it looked 'a little bit wrong’.... View more »
Look what we've found Well actually it was our fab South West

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Look at this! A fabulous picture of the lightning over Pagham beach, West Sussex, in the early hours of this morning.
Look at this A fabulous picture of the lightning over Pagham beach

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Delighted to see North Sea cod stocks recovering & the recent above-average increases in fish entering the fishery. The recovery of the fishery represents years of hard work and sacrifices made by the industry, but shows what can be achieved with science based management and industry efforts to avoid unwanted catches of cod. [ Bbc.in Link ]
Delighted to see North Sea cod stocks recovering the recent above average

North Sea cod can be eaten with 'clear conscience' - BBC News

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We're delighted to launch an incredibly exciting partnership today which will create the biggest series of beach and river cleans ever! We've joined forces with supermarket, Waitrose , whose support will allow us to organise 1,000 beach and river cleans over the next 12 months. The Waitrose Beach & River Clean-up series will kick off during our Great British Beach event from 15th-18th... View more »
We're delighted to launch an incredibly exciting partnership today which will create

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A couple of great pics we had to share it with you! Goose barnacles stranded at Newgale beach, Pembrokeshire, after high tide yesterday. Snapped by Phoebe Carter who also spotted some that appeared to have a plastic like material inside. They're not picky eaters and will consume almost anything. So in all likelihood that's what it was. #plasticpollution
A couple of great pics we had to share it with you

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One of the guys who was part of the team which discovered the first ocean "garbage patch" in the North Pacific in 1997 has turned his attention to the South Pacific & it's not good news. Capt Charles Moore reckons a "raft" of plastic debris about 2.5m sq km is concentrated in the South Pacific Ocean. He's been on a sampling expedition around Easter Island & Robinson Crusoe Island & among other... View more »
One of the guys who was part of the team which discovered

A mission to the Pacific plastic patch - BBC News

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Love seaweed?? It's not all brown and crinkly and boring.......a kelp forest can be a kaleidoscope of colour. But don't take our word for - see for yourself at the recently redeveloped Hintze Hall at the Natural History Museum- it's a trip beneath the waves. Here's how they did it - [ Bit.ly Link ]
Love seaweed It's not all brown and crinkly and boring a kelp

A window into the world of seaweeds

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Will you be eating out tonight? Well, if you are - we'd love you to be our eyes and ears on dining out. We're working with fish2fork.com to change the way restaurants think about their seafood. We want to keep an eye on how restaurants are performing when it comes to sustainable seafood so we can keep encouraging improvements.
FACT - a lot of the most unsustainable seafood, like endangered... View more »
Will you be eating out tonight Well if you are we'd love

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Flippin heck - look at this! We're so used to reporting falling numbers when it comes to wildlife it's a bit of shock when the trend is well and truly bucked! Well, our pals at RSPB Love Nature are reporting that since 2000, the number of gannet pairs on the cliffs around Flamborough Head and Filey has shot up from 2,550 to 13,400! Scientists are now trying to fathom exactly what's created... View more »
Flippin heck look at this We're so used to reporting falling numbers

Gannet bonanza on Yorkshire cliffs - BBC News

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It's Friday so we've been digging around for some fun facts. Now, everyone loves an octopus - all squidgy and gangly and comes in cool colours & various sizes. But did you know an octopus has three hearts, nine brains, & blue blood? That a A 50-pound octopus can squeeze through a 2-inch hole, that Giant Pacific octopus are cannibals (nice) & (the important one) the plural of "octopus" is... View more »
It's Friday so we've been digging around for some fun facts Now

The Amazing Octopus

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It was a great pleasure, earlier this week, to welcome an amazing group of people from organisations that share our love of the ocean to the MCS HQin Ross-on-Wye. The Marine CoLABoration is a great way to explore how we can increase our impact by working together. The emotional value of the ocean was at the centre of our conversation throughout! Very rewarding couple of days. Look forward to... View more »
It was a great pleasure earlier this week to welcome an amazing

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'Hope' replaces 'Dippy' today in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London. 'Hope' is a blue whale skeleton - named as a "symbol of humanity's power to shape a sustainable future".
Blue whales are now making a recovery following decades of exploitation that nearly drove them out of existence.
Dippy was the skeleton of a Diplodocus dinosaur, which will soon head out on a... View more »
'Hope' replaces 'Dippy' today in the entrance hall of the Natural History

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Oh, now, this is weird! But that's nature! Meet the underwater 'spider' that uses its guts, not its heart, to pump oxygen through its body because it breathes through its legs! The spiders guts extend down into those 8 legs. Read on for more strange stuff - [ Bit.ly Link ]
Oh now this is weird But that's nature Meet the underwater 'spider'

Underwater 'Spider' Breathes Through Its Legs

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The open ocean - sounds fabulous doesn't it? Full of vim and vigor and amazing things. But there's a problem. According to a new report, the open ocean is at risk from climate change, over-fishing, deep sea mining, farm pollution and plastics. And 60% of the ocean has no rules because it’s outside national jurisdiction. The report, to a UN ocean conference in New York, coincides with a push... View more »
The open ocean sounds fabulous doesn't it Full of vim and vigor

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This is a really powerful film about ghostfishing and other plastic pollution. It describes the effects on the people of a remote Australian peninsula (Cape York, often described as an unspoiled part of Queensland), covers the decline of the sawfish, and also shows some truly stunning works of art that have come out of it. All in just a couple of minutes or so, it is worth a watch.
This is a really powerful film about ghostfishing and other plastic pollution

The Indigenous community making art from garbage – video

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Tesco and Sainsbury's have won top awards for the variety of sustainable fish they offer customers.

Sainsbury's won the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) UK supermarket of the year award for the fourth year running for its "huge" selection of 225 certified sustainable fish products, including fresh, frozen, canned and counter items.

However Sainsbury's fish counters were beaten by rival... View more »
Tesco and Sainsbury's have won top awards for the variety of sustainable

Sainsbury's and Tesco catch sustainable fish awards

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Marine Conservation Society posted on 07/10/2017
Marine Conservation Society posted on 07/10/2017

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The Seahorse Trust are running a couple of Seahorse Survey Courses. So if you love the 'little horse of the sea' why not book on and find out all there is to know about these iconic, shy creatures and how to survey them. The courses are at the National Diving & Activity Centre in Chepstow on 2nd & 3rd September & here at MCS HQ in Ross-on-Wye on 11th & 12th Nov. For more details and to book... View more »
The Seahorse Trust are running a couple of Seahorse Survey Courses So

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Fab pic from Donna who found this big old barrel washed up on Instow beach in Devon. If you're at the coast over the next few weeks make sure you report your jelly sightings to us here - [ Bit.ly Link ]
Fab pic from Donna who found this big old barrel washed up

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