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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 Advisory Council advise the Board. MSC staff carry out the work of the organisation from offices around the world, and report to the Board of Trustees.

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

MSC Governance structure

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

In collaboration with the Aquaculture Stewardship Council, the MSC is currently undertaking the development of a joint standard for the harvesting of seaweed. 
Further information on the seaweed standard process (including current governance arrangements) can be found on our Program Improvements site.

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