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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.

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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

Indian Ocean tuna commission reaches landmark decision on harvest control rules

May 26, 2016

The MSC applauds the decision by the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) to adopt much needed harvest control rules for skipjack tuna.

Aramark is proud to expand Marine Stewardship Council Certification to 16 Canadian universities and colleges

May 25, 2016

Aramark expands MSC Certification to 16 Canadian universities and colleges

MSC scholarships awarded for research on small scale fisheries, seaweed aquaculture and tuna stocks

May 16, 2016

Students from South Africa, the USA, and Mexico will use grant funding to conduct original research across different areas of marine science.

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