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Steps and costs to get your fishery certified

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Good preparation is the key to smooth certification. Whilst assessment to MSC standards is carried out by third-party assessment bodies, we are here to help you before, during, and after the process.


“If there is one piece of advice I would give to a fishery entering the MSC process, it’s get organised – make sure you have a really great project manager to take you through it.” - David Carter, CEO, Austral Fisheries, Australia

Key stages of MSC certification

  1. Pre-assessment
  2. Full assessment
  3. Certification (lasts up to 5 years)
  4. Annual audits
  5. Re-certification

Cost and time

Time and costs can vary depending on your fishery and its always best to speak to an MSC representative who can advise you and help make sense of all the information that is available. Assessments are conducted by independent Conformity Assessment Bodies (CAB) who charge a price based on their own pricing structure. We recommend that you get a few quotes and take in to account the CAB's experience with your region, gear type and species as well as the price. You will need to budget to cover the cost of each key stage of MSC certification. Sometimes, there are grants that you can apply for, which your MSC representative can help advise you with. All in all the process can take several years, and can be a very rewarding experience to know your fishery now meets the world's leading environmental standard of sustainability for wild capture fisheries.

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