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Guidance on Assessment of Management Performance Indicators in Small-scale Fisheries

Introduction and background

The MSC requires the assessment of fisheries to take into consideration appropriateness of the measures in place to the size and scale of the fishery being assessed.  The intent of Principle 3 is to ensure that there is an institutional and operational framework, appropriate to the size and scale of the fishery, for implementing Principles 1 and 2.

In small-scale fisheries and some other types of fisheries, fisheries may be achieving the intent outlined in management Performance Indicators but may be achieving them through mechanisms that are less easy to measure compared to fisheries in which more formal and documented mechanisms exist. There is a need to provide further guidance on how such less discernable mechanisms can be taken into account when fisheries are being assessed.

Objectives

The MSC seeks to ensure that certifiers have sufficient guidance to enable appropriate assessment of management performance in a fishery where the processes for achieving the outcomes are not readily discernable.

The aim of the consultation was to seek stakeholder comment on the suitability of the draft guidance provided.


Results of the consultation

Comments were received by a range of stakeholders. While, many stakeholders welcomed the new guidance to assess informal and traditional managed fisheries, concerns related to need for definitions of terms and further clarity of some of the proposals were raised.

After the consultation it was recognized that not only small-scale fisheries were managed under informal, undocumented and traditional fishery management mechanisms. The project was reworded to "Informal and traditional management approaches in assessments against MSC Management Performance Indicators", to appropriately consider the presence of informal, undocumented and traditional fishery management mechanisms in all fisheries assessment.

The consultation feedback was considered by the MSC's Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and addressed in the final version of the new MSC Certification Requirements and Guidance to the MSC Certification Requirements. The requirements have been issued to certifiers and will become effective on November 14th.

MSC provides specific responses via email to consultees on comments received.  


Next steps

Certifiers will begin using new requirements as of November 14th, 2011.

Further information

Please direct any enquiries to:

Oluyemisi Oloruntuyi
Programme Manager, Developing World Fisheries
Oluyemisi.Oloruntuyi@msc.org

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