Latest Marine Conservation Society Stories

More Basking Shark Sightings In British Waters
2012-07-24 08:05:00

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Basking sharks, after being protected from commercial hunting since the late 20th century, are on the rise in British waters. The most comprehensive analysis ever undertaken of basking shark sightings in UK waters was recently undertaken by the University of Exeter, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS), Cornwall Wildlife Trust (CWT) and Wave Action. Results of the study are published in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series....

2010-05-04 15:41:23

The UK trawl fishing fleet has to work 17 times harder to catch the same amount of fish today as it did when most of its boats were powered by sail, according to new research. Researchers from the University of York and the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) used UK Government data on the amount of fish caught and the size and number of boats involved "“ the fleet's fishing power "“ to analyze the change in fish stocks since 1889. They found that trawl fish landings peaked in...

2008-10-10 12:00:18

By Mark Tallentire A WATER company has defended its environmental record after a conservation group said it was being allowed to dump unregulated sewage in the region's rivers. Northumbrian Water hit back after the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) accused the Environment Agency of giving water companies a "licence to pollute" by allowing thousands of overflow pipes to dump into rivers and coastal waters. The MCS said about 3,500 combined sewer overflows (CSOs), which discharge waste...

2008-09-23 18:00:21

BEACHES were cleaned as part of an international event. Workers, families, youngsters and even some pets turned out to help with the Marine Conservation Society's Beachwatch on Saturday. Local firm OSG organised and sponsored a clean-up effort at Tynemouth Longsands, supported by the Blue Reef Aquarium. On the day, around 100 people turned out, with OSG funding the entire morning's efforts and providing all equipment, food and free entry to the aquarium for all participants....

2008-09-05 12:00:20

By GERRY BRAIDEN CONSUMERS are being urged to avoid buying haddock caught off the west coast of Scotland because of fears about overfishing. In its latest guide, listing which fish to eat and which to avoid, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) adds haddock to its danger list, along with Dover sole "beamtrawled" from the North Sea or Irish Sea and albacore tuna caught by longline and trawling in the south Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The charity, dedicated to the protection of the...

2008-09-04 06:00:11

By Jenny Haworth Environment Correspondent FROM king prawns and anchovies to Scottish haddock and cod, almost 70 types of seafood should remain in the sea and off the dinner plate, according to new recommendations from a conservation group. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) today publishes its annual list of which fish to eat, and which to avoid. It gives advice on more than 150 species, recommending 69 stocks should be avoided as they are unsustainable due to overfishing, poor...

2008-08-26 15:00:39

VOLUNTEERS are being asked to help clean a popular beach and help with a survey of seaside litter. The Marine Conservation Society is planning its Beachwatch 2008 event at Cramond on Saturday, September 20. It is part of its Adopt- a-Beach project to care for hundreds of beaches nationwide. It hopes to make it the biggest event yet, with more than 40 volunteers taking part in previous clean-ups. People interested in helping should meet at 10am at the start of Cramond causeway. (c)...

2008-08-08 00:00:00

An East Devon beach is as clean as can be after staff from electricity giant EDF Energy spent a day going over it with a fine toothcomb. Rubbish that had been washed up was collected from Sandy Bay, near Exmouth. The beach has been adopted by EDF Energy, the Marine Conservation Society and Devon Cliffs Holiday Park. Now, teams from all three will take part in regular beach cleans throughout the year. The cleaning day will also provide vital information for the MCS on the amount and...

2008-08-04 06:00:21

By Michael Howie SEWAGE overflow pipes are posing a growing threat to the water quality in some of Scotland's beaches, environmental campaigners have warned. The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) said that hundreds of overflow pipes - which are used to ease the pressure on sewers during periods of heavy rain - represented a "licence to pollute" the coastline with raw sewage. Details of 3,500 overflow pipes operated by Britain's water companies emerged in a report yesterday. Thomas...

2008-08-03 00:00:12

: POLLUTION Conservationists warned last night that water companies have a "licence to pollute" because overflow pipes running sewage into rivers and across beaches are not being properly regulated. The Marine Conservation Society warned that the Environment Agency needed to check around 3,500 pipes used for dumping sewage and storm water. The society said heavier rainfall meant the pipes were being used more often and their environmental impact is increasing. It wants more fines for...

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'