Living Seas are The Wildlife Trusts’ vision for the future of the UK’s seas.

What are Living Seas?

A rocky reef bursting with brightly coloured fish, corals and sponges? A boat trip in the company of leaping dolphins and playful seals? Fishermen hauling nets brimming with big, tasty fish? Living Seas are all these things and more.

But the UK’s seas are not Living Seas. Decades of neglect have left them damaged and degraded, a shadow of their former diversity and abundance. We urgently need your help to bring back the UK’s Living Seas. The next five years are critical. It is literally ‘make or break’ time. With new laws and Government commitments in the pipeline, we have a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. If we make the very best of it, pushing every step of the way, our seas will turn the corner and start to recover their health. If we do not, they will continue on their downward spiral.

Within Living Seas marine wildlife thrives from the deepest depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows. In Living Seas:

  • Wildlife and habitats are recovering from past decline as our use of the seas’ resources becomes environmentally sustainable.
  • The natural environment is adapting well to a changing climate, and ocean processes are helping to slow down climate change.
  • People are inspired by marine wildlife and value the sea for the many ways in which it supports our quality of life.

The Wildlife Trusts believe it is possible to achieve Living Seas around the UK within 20 years – a single generation – but only if opportunities are seized now to make radical changes over the next five years. Join us, and support our role as the champions and guardians of the UK’s Living Seas.

For more information on Living Seas work nationally, please visit The Wildlife Trusts website.

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