About the Reef Trust

Who we are

Reef Trust was founded in 2020 by Michael Byrne with the support of companies, volunteers and enthusiastic friends, with the aim of becoming a Charitable Organisation. Currently due to the pandemic and Michael suffering severe heart failure after contracting Covid, we are on hold until a suitable individual, group or organisation can takeover and run with these aims.

What we do

We’re taking action to reconnect our nation to the sea. We all depend upon the functioning of our ocean to eat, breathe and survive. By discovering ways to conserve key habitats and wildlife, we help towards a future where our oceans flourish for the benefit of our planet and own economic, social and cultural needs. Reef Trust is taking a stand for our oceans and we need support from individuals and companies like you.


We are committed to restoring and protecting coastal waters around the UK and coordinating conservation efforts worldwide. We believe that the key to securing a sustainable future lies within our relationship to the ocean.

Latest News

We are taking a Christmas break

December is finally here, we are taking time to step back and reflect on the rather bumpy year that has unfolded. These times have proved challenging time for many… People, businesses and charities alike. Yet amongst these difficult times, it is clear that there has never been a more vital time to take action for…

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A sea of PPE… What is the future of plastic pollution?

53 millions masks are sent to waste each day in the UK. The question is, how many end up elsewhere? A clean up appeal undertaken by MCS found 1/3 of beaches littered by face masks and gloves… So what happens when masks don’t make it to the bin? Face-masks are made up of a cotton…

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Illegal fishing in Southampton waters

Illegal net fishers face fines for several charges within nursery area of Southampton waters. Rules and regulations exist within the industry of fishing to protect fish stocks, manage environmental degradation and ensure a stable food supply remains for future generations. Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA) encourage and enforce compliance with local policies around…

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