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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

ASC and MSC reveal market growth as they focus on increasing consumer demand and trust

Apr 27, 2016

The MSC and ASC join leading seafood producers and buyers at Seafood Expo Global to discuss how best to grow consumer interest in certified seafood.

MSC certification of the first Canadian Atlantic cod stock shows positive progress

Mar 22, 2016

The Canada Newfoundland 3Ps cod fishery has become the country’s first Atlantic cod fishery to achieve MSC certification as sustainable and well managed.

First restaurant in Italy achieves MSC certification

Mar 08, 2016

Michelin star chef and MSC ambassador, Fabrizio Ferrari’s Al Porticciolo 84 has become the first restaurant in Italy to be MSC certified.

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