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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 addressing the problem of unsustainable fishing, and safeguarding 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

Sustainable fishing in developing countries gets boost from Dutch Postcode Lottery

Feb 07, 2017

‘Fish for Good’ project will work with fishers, communities and local partners to map the sustainability of fisheries and provide tools and support.

MSC launches 2017 scholarship program

Feb 01, 2017

The MSC invites students to apply for £4,000 grant for scientific research into sustainable fishing or seafood markets.

World's first pizza chain to switch to 100 percent sustainable seafood

Jan 31, 2017

Finnish pizza chain, Kotipizza today announced it has switched all of its seafood to sustainable products, traceable to MSC certified fisheries.

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