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Global Impacts: a summary

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Global Impacts Summary Report 2014 front coverThe objective of the Global Impacts Report is to gain a clear understanding of the environmental and organisational impacts of the MSC’s certification and ecolabelling program.

The  2014 report is the second formal, quantitative evaluation of the MSC program's performance. It includes updates on 22 monitoring and evaluation indicators, which show how the MSC's objectives are being achieved. It includes data from 1999 up to 31 December. There are also case studies illustrating improvements being made by MSC certified fisheries.

Continued improvements

The first Global Impacts Report (2013) demonstrated that almost all fisheries in the MSC program make significant improvements to their operations and the current report shows that this trend is continuing.

Key findings

  • Fisheries responsible for 10% of global wild caught seafood are engaged in the MSC program
  • Fisheries have completed 575 improvements towards best practice, 1,224 improvements are expected by 2020
  • 45% of countries globally are selling over 22,000 MSC-ecolabelled products.


David Agnew "Our first report, published in 2013, demonstrated that almost all fisheries in the MSC program make significant improvements to their operations. Improvements are seen in target stock sustainability and management, as well as the impact of fisheries on non-target species and habitats. In total 322 fisheries, representing 10 per cent of global wild capture, are currently certified or in assessment. These fisheries are amongst the leaders in supplying sustainable seafood to consumers. MSC provides a pathway to seafood sustainability, but does not implement the changes. Sustainability is delivered by the fishery with support from supply chains, retailers, environmental NGOs, funders, and governments."

Dr David Agnew,
Standards Director

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Fishery case studies

Download the full Global Impacts Report 2014 (PDF, 43 pages, 4627 KB)

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