Our seas have never been under greater pressure than they are today.

More dolphins are being caught in fishing nets than ever before. Sea bass stocks have declined by 50% in five years and the once-common common skate has all but disappeared from the Irish Sea.

Seabird numbers are plummeting due to lack of food. Scotland has lost half of its breeding seabird population in the past 25 years and even the iconic Puffin has found itself on the UK Red List.

Plastic is now truly in the marine food-chain; from microplastic-munching zooplankton to the seabirds that mistake plastic fragments for fish eggs. It's now affecting humans too; seafood eaters may ingest up to 11,000 pieces of microplastic per year.

Even the most remote beaches, islands and islets are blighted by plastic strandlines. Marine debris kills over 1 million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals every year.

The demands on our seas grow annually: food, energy, aggregates - yet their resilience is ever further compromised by unambitious management and the growing impacts of climate change. Despite providing us with the oxygen for every second breath we take, recreation, seafood, flood defence, leisure and so much more, public perception and appreciation of our marine environment remains low.

In a nutshell, our seas are facing 5 key challenges, which we believe can be addressed through Regional Sea Plans.

1. Securing protected areas at sea
2. Making fishing sustainable
3. Ensuring development is sustainable
4. Eliminating pollution
5. Inspiring and connecting people

The natural balance of our seas is at an all-time low and the need for a new strategy which tackles these threats together, simultaneously, has never been greater. 

How can I help?

Please share our new report and click here to see how YOU can help bring our seas back to life.

Together we can ensure the Government seizes this unique opportunity to revolutionise how we manage our marine environment and plot a course back to Living Seas. To join in, become a Friend of Marine Conservation Zones today.