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Capacity Building Program

The MSC Capacity Building Program supports global fisheries improving towards sustainability and achieving MSC certification.

The program is part of MSC's commitment to provide equal access for all fisheries seeking MSC certification, particularly small-scale and developing world fisheries. It is designed to:

  • Equip stakeholders in developing countries with the knowledge and skills required to implement successful Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs)
  • Enable developing world fisheries scientists and experts to increase their technical ability in relation to the MSC Fisheries Standard thereby allowing them to be listed as an MSC Technical Consultant and support fisheries on their path to MSC certification.

The program encompasses a range of tools and training initiatives:

Gambia fishers and buoyFishery improvement tools >

MSC encourages fisheries that are making improvements to use the MSC standard and improvements tools to help the development and continued monitoring of progress towards MSC certification.


Capacity Building Toolkit for working towards MSC certification cover imageCapacity Building Toolkit >

This toolkit provides a comprehensive guide for stakeholders working directly with fisheries improving towards sustainability. It includes practical information on the MSC requirements, showcases examples of best practice and describes actions required to address sustainability gaps.

DW conference Oloruntuyi2Capacity Building Training Workshops >

The MSC offers regular introductory, comprehensive and practical training workshops to a range of stakeholder groups.


Fishing netRisk-based Framework >

Access to data can be a barrier to MSC assessment, this is particularly true for small scale and developing world fisheries. The MSC has a set of precautionary risk-based indicators for the assessment of data-deficient fisheries.

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