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We're an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.

MSC labelled products in German supermarket

What is the MSC?

The MSC is an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing, and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.

What we do

Using our fisheries certification and seafood labelling program, the MSC works with partners to promote sustainable fishing and transform markets.

Changing behaviour

The MSC’s certification and ecolabelling program enables everybody to play a part in securing a healthy future for our oceans.

Learn about our standard

This short film explains the MSC Fisheries Standard for sustainability.

MSC's Annual Report 2014-15

Celebrating 15 years of certified sustainable seafood

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10 facts about the MSC

Find out more about the Marine Stewardship Council.

The MSC standards

The MSC Standards define the requirements for fisheries to be certified as sustainable and for business to trade in certified seafood.

Sustainable fishing

Sustainable fishing means healthy fish stocks, minimal ecosystem impacts and effective management. To be MSC certified, fisheries must meet all these criteria.

How we meet best practice

MSC meets the highest benchmarks for credible certification and ecolabelling, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization guidelines and the ISEAL Code.

Latest news

MSC to seek stakeholder input on enhanced requirements for labour practices

Jul 20, 2016

The MSC will be consulting stakeholders on enhanced requirements for labour practices.

Mediterranean fisheries selected for sustainability audit

Jul 19, 2016

WWF together with the MSC announced today the fourteen Mediterranean fisheries that are selected to undergo pre-assessment as part of Project Medfish.

Recipients announced for the MSC's global fisheries fund

Jul 11, 2016

Six organisations receive MSC funding to support knowledge and capacity building for small scale and developing world fisheries

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