Recertification of fisheries with outstanding conditions
Conditions, and the corrective actions that they require, play a key role in the MSC fishery certification process. Where the fishery achieves a score greater than 60, but less than 80 for any Performance Indicator (PI), the certifier must set one or more conditions for continuing certification. Conditions provide for further improvement in the fishery and are intended to improve performance against MSC principles.
The clear intent of the MSC is that conditions should normally be closed out within the period of certification. Nevertheless, there are occasions when, despite adequate progress being made, conditions cannot be closed out within that time period.
The objective of this consultation was to receive stakeholder views modifications to the MSC certification requirements specifically to the requirements pertaining to condition monitoring and reporting.The MSC has made amendments to specify more precisely how certifiers should handle situations where fisheries wishing to enter into re-assessment have conditions still outstanding.
Results of the consultation
Comments were received by a range of stakeholders, who were generally supportive of the reporting changes suggested. MSC provides specific responses via email to consultees on comments received.
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The new requirements and guidance have been issued to certifiers on 10 January 2012 and will become effective on 10 March 2012.
Next stepsCertifiers will begin using new requirements as of 10 March 2012.
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