Our seas are unbelievably rich in wildlife - like exotic anemones, dazzling cuttlefish and superb seals - but they’re under threat and need or help.
Plastic rubbish is choking our oceans, hurting and killing fish, seabirds and mammals. Certain practices like trawling and anchoring are destroying sensitive habitats on our Solent seabeds, including the lush green seagrass meadows that support so many species. Meanwhile over-fishing is sending fish stocks into decline, rocking the food chain but also our local economy.
Action on plastics and litter
Globally some 8 million tons of plastic rubbish ends up in the ocean every year, often choking or killing animals like fish, dolphins, and birds as it is mistaken for food or entangles them. We've campaigned to reduce plastic litter on land, in our rivers and at sea.
Marine Conservation Zones
With you our members, we’re leading a campaign for the government to recognise and protect marine sanctuaries off the Solent coast. These Marine Conservation Zones would allow sustainable use of these areas, while giving the wonderful wildlife within them the time and space to recover
Surveying local wildlife
We are lucky to have some stunning seagrass beds just off our coast. They fill the air we breathe with oxygen, and are a vital nursery ground for commercially important fish species. Through our annual seagrass surveys, we are gathering data which has helped inform local bye-laws to protect this vital habitat.
We will also be recruiting local volunteers to help us collect data about marine and coastal wildlife through Shoresearch surveys as part of our upcoming Secrets of the Solent project.
More on our work on marine issues
Government says yes to Highly Protected Marine Areas
The Wildlife Trusts cheer long fought-for arrival of first ever sea sanctuaries where all damaging activities will be banned
New Seabin installed in East Cowes Marina
New seabin to tackle marine litter installed in East Cowes marina, Isle of Wight
Spiny Seahorses and Ripping Yarns
New exhibition which highlights the issue of marine litter opens at Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery.