We are Jersey Marine Conservation – run by volunteers, a proactive, legally registered and Government approved Charity.
Our team strives to protect our marine environment primarily by gathering data in support of marine protection, bio-diversity recording and associated research. As equally important, we engage the community through the Butterfield Marine Watch schools programme, in why Marine Conservation is so important, ensuring that our surrounding seas are valued, looked after and managed, to provide a healthy marine environment that functions as a living organism and a sustainable resource.
Our organisation is based in Jersey, Channel Islands. The Island is a Crown Dependency with our own Government, laws, customs and unique identity. The marine environment is not protected by UK laws or International treaties. No species living in our territorial waters are fully protected. Even marine mammals, such as Seals and Dolphins, have little in the way of legislation to safeguard their existence.
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We are a non-profit volunteer organisation, approved by the Jersey Charities Commissioner here in Jersey. Our thanks are due to the Association of Jersey Charities for their ongoing help and support, with whom we are also registered and approved. In 2021 they nominated us as their first and only 50 year anniversary winner. The Channel Islands Lottery funds they administer have made it possible for us to function as effectively as we do. Many organisations have contributed with grants and donations and we are also very grateful to them.