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Updated fishery certification requirements v2.0

New Fisheries Certification Requirements (version 2.0) were published 1 October 2014 and became effective on 1 April 2015.

  • Any fishery entering MSC assessment after 1 April 2015 will be assessed against the updated standard.
  • Fisheries that are certified before 1 April 2015, would not be required to apply the process requirements for version 2.0 until their next surveillance that commences (is announced) after 1 April 2015. Such fisheries may continue the application of the standard requirements of Version 1.3 until their first re-assessment that starts after October 2017.

10 key updates

1. Special considerations now ensure the protection of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs)

2. MSC fisheries will no longer be at risk of generating cumulative negative impacts on bycatch species

3. Fisheries will need to regularly review alternative measures that could reduce the mortality of unwanted species in the catches

4. Strengthened requirements will ensure that shark finning is not occurring in MSC fisheries

5. An entirely new default standard has been introduced for the assessment of enhanced salmon fisheries, following six years of discussion with stakeholders

6. A new risk based framework (RBF) assessment method for habitats is now available for use in data-limited situations

7. Revised surveillance audit and re-assessment requirements have been developed intended to minimise the assessment costs for fishery clients

8. An independent Peer Review College is being created to provide a more standardised and effective peer review process

9. Requirements have been added to provide more effective traceability of seafood products from fisheries into the supply chain

10. Companies successfully prosecuted for forced labour violations shall be ineligible for MSC certification.

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