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MSC standards

When you see seafood bearing the blue MSC ecolabel, you can be sure it comes from a certified sustainable fishery.

Our standards were developed through consultation with the fishing industry, scientists, conservation groups, experts and stakeholders. These standards detail the requirements for fisheries to be certified as sustainable and for businesses to trade in certified seafood.

Fisheries and seafood businesses voluntarily seek certification against the relevant standards. These standards meet international best practice guidelines for certification and ecolabelling.

Hastings Certified Fisheries


The MSC fisheries standard

The fisheries standard measures the sustainability of wild-capture fisheries. The standard is open to all fisheries, including those from the developing world.  


MSC-labelled product

The MSC chain of custody standard

The chain of custody standard ensures that the MSC ecolabel is only displayed on seafood from an MSC certified sustainable fishery.



Alaska Salmon fishery

Third party certification

To ensure that certification is credible and robust, assessment to our standards is carried out by independent, third party assessment bodies.



MSC Board 2009Reviewing MSC standards

To ensure that our program remains fit for purpose, standards and certification requirements are reviewed periodically.

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