Benefits of MSC certification
- Show that your fishery has been independently confirmed as well managed and sustainable
- Get an edge over your competitors in the marketplace
- Assure buyers that fish comes from a well managed and sustainable source.
As a market based programme, the MSC seeks to generate benefits for all its partners, especially MSC certified sustainable fisheries. Feedback from certified fisheries demonstrates that there are many incentives to join the programme, from advantages in the market place to improved traceability. Below are some of the key benefits as reported by MSC certified fisheries:
Access to new markets and secure contracts
Seafood buyers are increasingly introducing fish sourcing policies, and many include the MSC as the sole or key criterion. Fisheries that have attained certification to the MSC standard are ahead of the curve in meeting that growing market demand. MSC certification gives fisheries access to a global marketplace of sustainable products and secures contracts with existing companies that are committing to the MSC, affording business security... in the long term.
Giving livelihoods a long life
The MSC standard to which fisheries are certified allows the marine environment to flourish, helps seafood remain a global nutritional resource, and helps ensure that fishing-related livelihoods thrive for generations to come.
Potential for higher prices
Some MSC certified fisheries get a higher price for their fish. Growing demand for MSC certified fish and increasing retailer commitments to source only MSC certified fish has lead (in some cases) to better prices for MSC certified fisheries. Both large as well as small fisheries have benefitted and it is anticipated that price premiums for MSC certified fish will create real opportunities for fisheries going forward.
Independent third-party confirmation of good management
Business trust starts with sound management practice. Your customers’ confidence in your good management will be confirmed with an independent third-party assessment.
Credible sustainability claim
Because MSC certification is a science based, independent third-party verification and recognition of sustainability, FAO consistent, fully transparent and open for substantial stakeholder participation, it is the most credible indication of sustainability and has become a trust mark for seafood buyers and consumers alike.
An assessment against the most rigorous and credible sustainability standard in the world is great means to generate positive publicity for fisheries. If certification is obtained, a very credible claim can be made about the sustainability of that fishery to your customers, consumers, and other NGO’s.
Real stories from certified fisheries
See what MSC certification has meant for fisheries around the world.
Fishers’ stories – Net Benefits
If you would like more information on the benefits you could be enjoying with MSC certification please contact your nearest MSC office.