MSC Fisheries Standard
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Fisheries Standard is used to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable.
Protecting a Whole Ecosystem
Help Meet United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Global Standard Certification Drives Consumer Trust
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.
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.
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.