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Surveillance Audit Frequency for Certified Fisheries


The MSC Technical Advisory Board (TAB) decided at their November 2010 meeting for the MSC to allow best performing fisheries to have fewer on-site surveillance audits under certain circumstances.


The objective of this consultation was to receive stakeholder views on the proposed criteria to determine the altered surveillance cycle that allows for off-site vs. on-site surveillance and reduced surveillance frequency for best performing fisheries.

Results of the consultation

Comments were received by a range of stakeholders, who were generally supportive of the criteria developed. Concerns about the efficiency of such system were also received. MSC provides specific responses via email to consultees on comments received.

The comments received were considered by the MSC's Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and addressed in the final version of the new requirements, now available for download here. The criteria for allowing remote or reduced surveillance are based on the number and type of conditions a fishery has, as well as the aggregate principle level scores. The new requirements have been issued to certifiers and will become effective on November 14th.

Next steps

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

Further information

Please direct any inquiries to:
Patricia Bianchi
+44 (0) 20 7246 8947

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