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Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund

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The MSC Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund supports critical fishery science research and projects.

The fund launched in July 2015 with an initial allocation of £400,000, split over two years. In 2016/2017 £207,500 will be awarded.

What the fund is for

The fund is aimed at strengthening knowledge and capacity to assist small scale and developing world fisheries in their journey to achieving MSC certification.

The MSC invites applications that will:

  • Deliver critical scientific research addressing information, technology and management gaps and barriers that fisheries encounter in achieving the MSC Standard.
  • Build the capacity of personnel to assist small scale and developing world fisheries in their improvements and gaining certification.
  • Support direct environmental, information and management improvements in Developing World and small scale certified fisheries and fisheries.  
  • Provide assistance for fisheries applying the BMT (Bench Marking Tool) and other pre-MSC tools such as pre-assessments, action planning and progress tracking.
    All projects should have benefits beyond a single fishery. 

Who the fund is open to

The fund is open to academic institutions, independent researchers, fisheries, governments and non-governmental organisations. It is hoped that further allocations will be made in future years. The MSC will actively seek additional, third party contributions to enhance the overall scale of the fund and hence potential grants available to applicants.

How to apply

Applications for 2017 round of funding are now closed.

Any queries regarding the fund can be emailed to

See the list of Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund awardees >

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