The UK's first underwater clean-up group

Collecting marine litter since 2005

Raising awareness

Collaborating on solutions

An award winning charity helping to keep the underwater world litter free since 2005

Welcome to the website of Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners, the UK’s first underwater clean-up group. Whilst litter washed up or left on our shoreline can be seen, the same cannot always be said for marine litter that is below the surface of the ocean. Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners are volunteer divers with a passion for carrying out clean-up dives, raising awareness of the impacts and working on collaborative solutions. The registered charity has carried out over 300 clean-up dives and worked with a number of partners in the UK and overseas.

Iolo Williams becomes patron of NARC

Award-winning charity Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) is delighted to announce naturalist and TV presenter Iolo Williams as its first...

Welsh Minister launches Neptune’s Army new marine litter video

Pembrokeshire based award winning charity Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) has launched a new video highlighting some of their finds as...

NARC Chair gets letter from UK Prime Minister

Dave is one of five volunteers receiving a Points of Light award to mark World Oceans Day on Friday 8 June, recognising their work to support ocean...

NARC joins forces with Loutraki Divers to help clean Greek seas

The volunteers of Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners, who carry out regular underwater clean up dives off the coast of Pembrokeshire, have inspired...

NARC shortlisted for National Parks Award

Pembrokeshire Coast Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners initiative shortlisted for the Campaign for National Parks Park Protector of the Year...

NARC invited to launch of Global Ghost Gear Initiative

NARC were honoured to be invited to the launch of Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) in London. The two day event brought together leading experts,...

Narc working with World Animal Protection and local fisherman

Working with World Animal Protection we left Dale at 8 AM with 10 volunteers on board. After yesterdays focus on fly-tipping we turned our...

Rubbish army celebrates 10 years of underwater cleaning

Pembrokeshire based voluntary group Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) is celebrating its 10th anniversary this dive season. Founded in 2005...

Penguins join the litter army

The volunteers of local dive group Neptune's Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) have teamed up with Folly Farm to educate visitors on the dangers of...

Underwater litter pickers get in the driver’s seat

Underwater litter pickers get in the driver's seat Neptune Army of Rubbish Cleaners (NARC) has discovered a van at the bottom of the sea during the...

NARC raising awareness of marine litter on the BBCs One Show

NARC were chosen by BBC's The One Show to be part of their Marine stories for 2013. This was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of marine...

Penguins team up with NARC divers to protect marine life

Press Release Penguins team up with NARC divers to protect marine life Folly Farm, South Wales’ popular adventure park and zoo, has joined forces...

Radio 4 joins NARC for clean-up dive at Skomer MNR

The Radio 4 team joined us for a clean-up day @ Skomer MNR. To listen to the coverage click...

NARC and Angling Coaches team up to produce tackle tips

NARC and the Pembrokeshire Federation of Angling Coaches have teamed up to produce 2 ground breaking new leaflets aimed at providing tackle tips for...

NARC make UK National News

NARCs clean up diving was covered on the BBC National UK news check out the coverage here and the Newsround website here A fantastic way to raise...

The Crown Estate provides funding boost for NARC

Voluntary dive group, Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners, is celebrating a successful end of season with a funding boost from The Crown Estate. The...

Videos

View a range of footage including National TV coverage.
Read more

Gallery

What we find and the impacts.
Read more

Angling Tips

Tips to help reduce tackle loss.
Read more

 Awareness Raising

From National UK news, Countryfile and the One Show to underwater Radio shows.
Read more

Collaborative Solutions

NARC works with a range of partners to find proactive solutions to marine litter.
Read more

Events

Our planned marine litter events for 2018.
Read more

Winner of
The most admired voluntary organisation
in Wales by the WCVA

NARC can be found at a number of sites along the coastline collecting litter that is often having a negative impact on the habitat and the wildlife it supports. Everything from shopping trolleys, car batteries, bikes, fishing tackle and quite literally the kitchen sink are removed by divers and recycled where possible. Please follow the links to find out more about us including what we find, images of marine litter and how it can effect wildlife, how you can get involved, past and upcoming clean up events and some tips that will minimise tackle loss when angling in Pembrokeshire. Make sure you check out the news page, events calendar and our videos.

What People Say About Us

“NARC volunteers do a superb job of clearing the seabed of litter including miles of angling line, bucket loads of lead weights and 100’s of fishing pots. The litter if not cleared can kill and damage marine life. Public awareness of the damage caused by marine litter is needed and NARC plays a key role in promoting the awareness through their work.”

Kate Lock, Natural Resources Wales (Skomer Marine Conservation Zone)

“Not only are the members of NARC doing their individual bit to help make the marine environment a cleaner and more natural place to be, for themselves and fellow users (divers/fishermen), but they are also improving the environment for the wildlife. NARC’s activities help to fulfil some of the required actions from the Pembrokeshire Marine S.A.C Management scheme (under refuse and litter, and raising awareness). It is for this reason that the relevant authorities group for the S.A.C. chose to help fund some of NARCs activities.” 

Sue Burton Pembrokeshire SAC Officer (Special Area of Conservation)

“NARC have made an invaluable contribution to the Pride in Our Communities project within Pembrokeshire. They have raised the awareness of the problem of fly-tipping around our waterways and undertaken activities to clean up the mess. The divers have willingly and consistently given their time to help improve our local environment.”

Simon Preddy Keep Wales Tidy

I have been collaborating with NARC for a number of years now and we have worked together multiple times to help find and recover gear which is helping the environment and our fishery .” 

John Local Fisherman

“We have had some excellent, innovative projects which have shown how working in partnership with others can have a real and lasting positive impact on communities across our National Parks. Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners is tackling an unglamorous and largely unseen but very harmful blight on the littoral fringes of a coastal park.”

Fiona Howie, Campaign for National Parks Chief Executive

“We loved diving with the volunteers from Neptune’s Army of Rubbish Cleaners. After seeing so much debris and man-made litter under the sea here in Greece, we knew we had to do something to help and NARC inspired us to create a group. On thier visit the team from Wales has shared their experience with us and we know this is only the beginning of a great unique partnership.

Chrysanthos Chormpas and George Spyropoulos, Loutraki Divers, Greece

Our Funders

Working with