The Marine Conservation Society is taking legal action against the UK Government as a result of their failure to address the sewage pollution scandal facing English shores.

Their research shows 1,651 storm overflows within 1km of a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in England, spilling sewage into the sea for a shocking 263,654 hours – the equivalent of 30 years – in 2021.

On their website, they say:

Between 2015 and 2020 we found an average of 38 sewage-related items polluting every 100 metres of beach cleaned in England. At our flagship Great British Beach Clean in September this year, we found some form of sewage related pollution on 73% of the beaches surveyed in England.

A healthy sea is crucial to both marine life and human health and wellbeing. More detailed information is available here.