Marine Conservation Society wins “Best Environmental Campaign 2009” award

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is proud to announce that the MCS "Campaign for Clean Seas" has won the award for Best Environmental Campaign, announced by Coast Magazine today.

MCS campaigns to reduce pollution at sea were nominated for the award by Coast magazine’s readers, who responded in their hundreds to propose the very best in a number of categories. Nominations with the most votes were then taken before a panel of esteemed, and critical judges.

One of the judges, TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff, said "The way MCS engages the community in its beach cleans is fantastic".

MCS Beachwatch involves over 5,000 volunteers each year in cleaning up and surveying beaches. MCS has also brought plastic bags, balloons, sewage and many other forms of pollution to public and government attention through its Campaign for Clean Seas.

Dr Sue Kinsey, of the MCS pollution team, says "We are absolutely delighted to win this award, which we accept on behalf of the team of volunteers and staff who have worked so hard to bring about change. We’d like to thank Coast magazine’s readers for nominating us, and showing just how much support there is for our vital, often difficult work."

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is celebrating 25 years of protecting our precious seas, shores and wildlife in 2008/9. Beachwatch and Adopt-a-Beach are supported by grants from The Crown Estate and Seafrance.

First Prize for the Award is shared with Greenpeace, for their “Oceans Campaign”, ahead of competition from the National Trust Neptune Appeal Campaign.