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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 2015-16

Our latest report highlights the journey from sustainable fishers to seafood lovers.

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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 awarded $50,000 Sustainable Fisheries Fund grant for Project Mid-Atlantic

Nov 01, 2016

The project will focus on gathering data about U.S. Mid-Atlantic region’s fisheries and help to enhance their sustainability performance.

First Ever MSC Certified Sustainable Canned Tuna Launched in New Zealand

Oct 30, 2016

John West New Zealand blazes a trail by launching the first ever MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) certified canned skipjack tuna to Kiwi consumers

Marine Stewardship Council ranks among top ecolabels in the Netherlands

Oct 18, 2016

The MSC label is one of the best in the Netherlands, according to Dutch Authorities.

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