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The MSC is committed to being the world’s leading certification program for sustainable wild-capture seafood. We seek to deliver a robust, effective and accessible certification program that keeps up with the latest scientific knowledge and industry practices.

See the MSC solution in action

Discover how it’s worked out for all the fisheries certified in our first 10 years by reading our Net Benefits report published in September 2009.

How we meet best practice

The MSC program enables consumers and seafood buyers around the world to make the best environmental choice in seafood. Underpinned by best practice guidelines for ecolabelling and certification, we follow international, professional benchmarks to promote robust processes and uphold our values of independence, transparency, impartiality and stakeholder consultation.

Unique projects

We have also set up projects to uphold our reputation and continually improve our processes and procedures.

Working with developing countriesWorking with developing countries

Half of the world’s globally traded seafood comes from the developing world. The MSC’s Developing World Fisheries Program ensures that developing countries have fair and equal access to MSC certification and global sustainable seafood markets.


Mauritania Grey mullet fisheryAccess for all fisheries

The MSC is committed to providing fair and equal access for all fisheries seeking MSC certification. We provide small-scale and data-deficient fisheries with additional tools and guidance to allow them to demonstrate that they meet the MSC standard for sustainable fishing, and to get certified.


Traceability in the supply chain Traceability in the supply chain

The MSC’s ecolabel appears on millions of seafood products around the world, and each product can be traced back to a certified sustainable fishery. Our Traceability and Assurance in the Supply Chain (TASC) project ensures that ‘what you see is what you get’.


Environmental BenefitsMeasuring environmental impacts

Seabirds, marine habitats, endangered species and commercial fish stocks are vulnerable to the impacts of fishing. Research from 10 MSC certified fisheries found evidence of environmental benefits before, during and after certification.

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