Guidance for the assessment of the management of fisheries on straddling and highly migratory stocks, including RFMO-governed fisheries. — Marine Stewardship Council
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Guidance for the assessment of the management of fisheries on straddling and highly migratory stocks, including RFMO-governed fisheries.

Introduction

As more highly migratory species and species managed by Regional Fisheries Management Organisations (RFMOs) come under MSC assessment, consideration is required for the effectiveness of the MSC certification requirements and guidance in capturing the international and multi-jurisdictional management of these resources, and how consistently these requirements are being applied by certifiers in MSC fishery assessments. This is particularly the case for Principle 3 requirements focusing on stock management and the governance of the fishery.

Objectives

The objective of this consultation was to receive stakeholder views on the Guidance to MSC Certification Requirements (GCR) pertaining to the assessment against Principle 3 for fisheries on straddling stocks or fisheries governed by RFMOs.  

Results of the consultation

Many comments were received by a range of stakeholders, indicating that there is a need for a deeper exploration of the application of Principle 3 in contexts where stocks are shared or regionally managed. As a result, no changes to Principle 3 guidance have been made at this time. Instead, some clarifying guidance to assessing fisheries against Principle 1 where there is a shared, straddling or highly-migratory stock was developed. MSC will continue to work on Principle 3 in this context over the coming year.

Principle 1 guidance changes can be found in the latest version of the Guidance to MSC Certification Requirements, available for download here. For more information on the changes agreed in TAB 20 visit Recent Policy Changes.

Next steps

Certifiers will begin using the guidance as of 10 January, 2012. Additional work on Principle 3 will be undertaken over the coming year in consultation with stakeholders.

Further information

Please direct any questions to:

Maylynn Nunn
Senior Fishery Assessment Manager, Asia Pacific
Maylynn.Nunn@msc.org

 

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