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Central to our transparency and credibility is good governance and stakeholder participation.

The MSC is governed by a Board of Trustees. Our Technical Advisory Board and Stakeholder Council advise the Board. MSC staff carry out the work of the MSC from offices in London, Seattle, Sydney, Tokyo, The Hague and Edinburgh, and report to the Board of Trustees.

The participation of others is crucial to the transparency and credibility of the MSC. Our structure involves a wide range of stakeholders with different views. This means the MSC is truly balanced and decisions reflect many sectors and interests. The Board of Trustees, Technical Advisory Board and Stakeholder Council include representatives from industry, environmental groups and science, and from different geographical regions.

In addition to our 3 governance bodies, committees and working groups are set up to address specific regional or topical issues. Their members come from the MSC Board, Technical Advisory Board and Stakeholder Council, and may include other experts who are invited to advise the MSC.

MSC Governance structure


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