Living Seas Not Littered Seas

Appeal to help our Welsh seas thrive

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Did you know Welsh waters have areas that are as rich and diverse as those showcased by Blue Planet 2?

Yet beneath the waves, marine life is struggling to survive due to the unrelenting production and dumping of non-biodegradable debris that ends up in our seas, with no regard for the cost to marine life.

Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) has been carrying our marine monitoring surveys and raising awareness of, and tackling, the problems affecting Welsh Seas for over 20 years.

The Wildlife Trust of South and South West Wales’ (WTSWW) Living Seas Team at CBMWC, and other WTSWW staff and volunteers have been monitoring the occurrence of marine and coastal litter over the last 7 years.

Gannet in Fishing Line - Steve Hartley Minke_netting_2003_Richard Abbott Seal and litter
Gannet Caught in Fishing Line by Steve Hartley
Our Seas the Day appeal target is £10,000 and your donation will be used to make a real difference whatever you choose to give!

  • £5 would buy equipment for children to explore our wonderful rock-pool wildlife.
  • £15 would buy a litter picker and gloves for beach clean-ups.
  • £50 would support a day’s marine monitoring from the shoreline
  • £100 would mean WTSWW could attend or run an event to engage with local communities to help them take action.
  • £250 would help provide training for a group of volunteers to collect vital marine data.
  • £500 would enable WTSWW to continue our ongoing research and survey work on the marine environment in Cardigan Bay*.


*Individuals donating £500 or over will receive a voucher for two to join a 1.5/2-hour boat trip with Dolphin Survey Boat Trips in New Quay (maximum numbers apply), bookable through the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre.

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The Year of the Sea

2018 is the Year of the Sea in Wales. Celebrating our marine environment and bringing its secrets to life for everyone to enjoy will be a major focus of our work over the next year. It is also a crucial year for the development of new marine plans and for fisheries post-Brexit.

BUT a Government survey in 2009 found that 26% of the population said that they find it hard to change their habits to be more environmentally friendly and 55% said that they needed more information on what they could do.


Seas the Day!

So now is the time to act! We can’t do it alone, we need your support to increase the amount of work we can do to raise awareness and to encourage people to think about what they can do to protect their seas and change behaviours.


This is what our staff and volunteers have seen first-hand:


  • Seals that had become entangled in discarded or lost fishing line and netting.
  • Seabirds on Skomer and Skokholm that were bringing plastics back to the island.
  • Over 157,736 pieces of litter that had been discarded or washed up onto New Quay’s beaches and were removed by Living Seas staff and volunteers who spent almost 950 hours litter picking.
  • Marine litter from around the world that had even made its way to the saltmarsh of West Williamston nature reserve, well up the Cleddau estuary in Pembrokeshire.

For far too long the effects of the litter and pollution that end up in our seas have been ignored, but the devastating impacts of society’s throw-away lifestyles are finally being recognised.

Your donation may be used to match-fund or release grants such as landfill tax or lottery grants, bringing it up to £10 for every £1 donated.