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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

Marine Stewardship Council appoints Eric Critchlow as new U.S. Program Director

Aug 19, 2016

MSC has appointed Eric Critchlow as the new U.S. Program Director. Eric will be based in the MSC US headquarters in Seattle.

Eat like an Olympian and support sustainable fishing

Aug 05, 2016

Olympic athletes are being treated to 100% certified sustainable Icelandic cod thanks, in part, to the extraordinary efforts of Iceland's fishermen.

Chinese retailers support MSC Sustainable Seafood Week

Aug 05, 2016

On 6th August the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) will launch its third Sustainable Seafood Week in China.

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