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MSC Fisheries Standard

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Standard is used to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable.

By choosing seafood with the MSC blue fish label, consumers are helping to protect oceans, livelihoods and fish for the future.

Key Benefits

Protecting a Whole Ecosystem

MSC certified fisheries minimise their impacts on the whole marine environment to ensure healthy, thriving oceans for the future.

Help Meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

MSC Certification is used by countries and organisations as part of their commitment to delivering SDG14 on Life Below Water. It also helps strengthen food security, promotes sustainable economic growth, promotes sustainable consumption and production and strengthens global partnerships for sustainable development.

Global Standard Certification Drives Consumer Trust

Representing sustainable seafood worldwide, the blue label appears on thousands of products in more than 100 countries.

What Is It?

MSC Fisheries Certification confirms sustainable practices through a credible, independent, third-party assessment process and is applicable to all wild capture fisheries.

Once a fishery is certified, their clients may also wish to consider getting Chain of Custody certified so the catch can carry the blue MSC label, giving assurance to consumers those products bearing the blue MSC label can be traced to an MSC certified fishery.
MSC Fisheries Standard

The MSC Fisheries Standard has three core principles that every fishery must meet:

  • Principle 1: Sustainable fish stocks
    • Fishing must be at a level that ensures it can continue indefinitely and the fish population can remain productive and healthy.
  • Principle 2: Minimising environmental impact
    • Fishing activity must be managed carefully so that other species and habitats within the ecosystem remain healthy.
  • Principle 3: Effective management 
    • MSC certified fisheries must comply with relevant laws and be able to adapt to changing environmental circumstances.
Chain of Custody

The MSC Chain of Custody Standard ensures that the MSC ecolabel is only displayed on seafood from an MSC certified sustainable fishery. The MSC Chain of Custody Standards has five principles:

  • Principle 1: Certified products are purchased from certified suppliers.
  • Principle 2: Certified products are identifiable.
  • Principle 3: Certified products are segregated.
  • Principle 4: Certified products are traceable and volumes are recorded.
  • Principle 5: The company has a management system.

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If you are interested in the MSC Scheme or would like to understand more about the certification process, benefits and costs, please email us.