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The MSC standards

When you see seafood with the blue MSC ecolabel, you can be sure it comes from a sustainable fishery that has met our Fisheries Standard. Businesses trading in these products have met our Chain of Custody Standard for traceability.  

Fisheries and seafood businesses voluntarily seek certification to the relevant MSC Standard. These standards meet international best practice guidelines for certification and ecolabelling and were developed through consultation with the fishing industry, scientists, conservationists, experts and stakeholders.

Hastings Certified Fisheries

The MSC Fisheries Standard

The Fisheries Standard measures the sustainability of wild-capture fisheries. The Standard is open to all fisheries, including those from the developing world.  

MSC-labelled product

The MSC Chain of Custody Standard

The Chain of Custody Standard ensures that the MSC ecolabel is only displayed on seafood from an MSC certified sustainable fishery.

Alaska Salmon fishery

Third party certification

To ensure that certification is credible and robust, assessment to the MSC Standards is carried out by independent, third party assessment bodies.

MSC Board 2009Reviewing MSC standards

To ensure that our program remains fit for purpose, the MSC Standards and Certification Requirements are reviewed periodically.

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