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MSC in numbers

Last updated, 27 February 2015

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organisation set up to promote solutions to the problem of overfishing.

Fisheries in numbers

Seafood in the MSC program

  • Together, fisheries already certified or in full assessment record annual catches of around 10 million metric tonnes of seafood. This represents over 10% of the annual global harvest of wild capture fisheries.
  • The fisheries already certified catch over 8 million metric tonnes of seafood. This is over 9% of the total wild capture harvest.
  • Worldwide, more than 25, 000 seafood products*, which can be traced back to the certified sustainable fisheries, bear the blue MSC ecolabel. Use our sustainable seafood product finder to see what's available in stores in your country. 

The MSC and best practice

The MSC runs the only certification and ecolabelling program for wild-capture fisheries consistent with:

  • The ISEAL Code of Good Practice for Setting Social and Environmental Standards, and
  • The United Nations FAO guidelines for fisheries certification.

Find out more about how the MSC meets best practice guidelines and what this means

Improving the MSC program - Policy developments

Find out how how the MSC program is improving processes in response to feedback from stakeholders:

Case studies and quotes

Read the stories of the first 42 MSC certified fisheries, with quotes from the fishers.
Fishers’ stories – Net Benefits 2009

Where we are

The MSC has offices in London, Seattle, Tokyo, Madrid, Singapore, Sydney, The Hague, Edinburgh, Berlin, Stockholm, Cape Town and Paris. More about our offices and staff.

*total including customer-facing and food service products

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