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FatFace x Marine Conservation Society

June 05, 2020

The oceans need our help. We’re putting too much plastic in and taking too many fish out. We’ve teamed up with the Marine Conservation Society on an exclusive collection, to help raise awareness to protect UK seas and coasts.

The FatFace collaboration with Marine Conservation Society logo.
A sea turtle swimming in clear, blue seas.

Did you know?

  • 1/3 of global fish populations are threatened by overfishing.
  • 90% of seabirds, 56% of whales, dolphins and porpoises, and 50% of marine turtles have plastic in their stomachs. 33% of fish caught in the UK are found to contain plastic.
  • 33% of fish caught in the UK are found to contain plastic.

These statistics might sound scary, but it’s not too late to help make the ocean healthier. Marine Conservation Society believes sustainable fishing and education will help fish stocks to bounce back:

  • Choosing sustainable seafood CAN help fish stocks to recover.
  • Cleaning a beach WILL raise awareness of the impact of marine pollution.
  • We CAN all play our part and make changes for the better.
  • Let’s be the ‘life and shoal’ of the sea and help protect our blue heart.

Now that’s (fish) food for thought.

A tropical fish with glimmering scales, swimming underwater.
A little girl wearing a polka dot jacket gets involved in a beach clean by picking up litter.

Get involved.

Join us in supporting the Marine Conservation Society to work towards a cleaner, better-protected, healthier ocean. To date…

  • Marine Conservation Society beach cleans have removed over 11 million pieces of litter.
  • Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns.

Please don't lose your bottle.

Over time, one plastic bottle bobbing along in the ocean can break down into thousands of microplastics, so small they can be ingested by plankton, then fish and then us.

The Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Clean Seas’ programme highlights the impact of plastic pollution – it's why single-use plastic bags are no longer given away and plastic cotton bud sticks banned.

While the programme has been a leader in reducing marine pollution over the last decade, our oceans continue to need our protection — we need to reduce the pressures on our oceans.

With your support, we CAN all make changes for the better.

Find out more about the Clean Seas programme.
A plastic bottle washed up on a beautiful sandy beach.
A school of silver fish, swimming underwater.

Ocean Recovery.

Did you know?

An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by Marine Conservation Society scientists to be well managed.

The ocean is many things to many people – it’s a place of work, a home, a place of adventure, a tranquil escape. Beneath the surface it teems with life. Our corner of the ocean - the North East Atlantic is home to some of the most colourful, fascinating and beautiful marine life in the world.

We have one planet. One ocean covers over 70% of it. Perhaps because it’s so vast, we underestimate our ability to have an impact on it. But humans are having an impact and, unless we do what we can to make our ocean more resilient, its ability to sustain us will be compromised.

Marine Conservation Society works with local communities, governments, marine managers and scientists, mainly in the UK and UK Overseas Territories, to ensure that our amazing ocean is well looked after and able to recover where it needs to. They actively seek opportunities to develop our understanding through research and choose to work collaboratively wherever they can. Together we can ensure that we have healthy and wealthy seas into the future.

Find out more about ocean recovery.
A quiet sandy beach covered only in footprints.

Small actions can make a huge difference to our ocean…

  • Check out the Marine Conservation Society’s fun Ocean Indoors webpages.
  • Celebrate World Ocean Day for schools. On Monday 8th June, Marine Conservation Society, along with its brilliant partners, will be bringing the wonder of the ocean from the deep blue to wherever you are. There’s an interactive line up of ocean advocates who’ll bring you live ocean films, science lessons, music performances and plenty more. Dress up in blue and join in with the festival which will be opened by MCS Ocean Ambassador, Lizzie Daly.
  • Try giving this fish-tastic Chickpea & Tuna Salad recipe a go, created by Jack from the fisheries and aquaculture team.
  • Enjoy an ocean-themed read, put together with help from the Marine Conservation Society’s staff and social media followers.
  • Watch this fun scientific experiment with the kids, which helps to explain global warming.
  • Sign up to a Beachwatch clean-up or join the Great British Beach Clean in September.
  • Challenge yourself to live without single-use plastic for a day, a week or a month.
  • Join the Marine Conservation Society.
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