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The MSC is committed to being the world’s leading certification program for sustainable wild-capture seafood. We believe in the importance of evidence-based standard-setting, and seek to deliver a robust, effective and accessible program that keeps up with the latest scientific knowledge and industry practices.

See the MSC solution in action

Discover how it's worked out for fisheries and businesses engaged with the MSC by reading our latest Global Impacts Report.

How we meet best practice

We run the only certification and ecolabelling program for wild-capture fisheries consistent with United Nations best practice guidelines for ecolabelling and certification. The MSC is a member of the ISEAL Alliance, the global membership association for sustainability standards.

Environmental BenefitsMeasuring environmental impacts

Seabirds, marine habitats, endangered species and commercial fish stocks are vulnerable to the impacts of fishing. The MSC collects empirical data to evaluate how well it is achieving its sustainability and environmental objectives.

Working with developing countriesWorking with developing countries

Half of the world’s globally traded seafood comes from the developing world. The MSC’s Developing World Fisheries Program ensures that developing countries have fair and equal access to MSC certification and global sustainable seafood markets.

Small image of fishers checking netsAccess for all fisheries

The MSC is committed to providing fair and equal access for all fisheries seeking MSC certification. We provide small-scale and data-deficient fisheries with additional tools and guidance to allow them to demonstrate that they meet the MSC standard for sustainable fishing, and to get certified.

Small image showing fish half in water, half on plateOcean to plate traceability

The blue MSC label is only applied to fish and seafood products that can be traced back to MSC certified fisheries.

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