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The MSC standards

When you see seafood with the blue MSC label, 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.

Fishing boat graphic to illustrate MSC Fisheries StandardThe 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.  

Chain graphic to illustrate MSC Chain of Custody StandardThe MSC Chain of Custody Standard

The Chain of Custody Standard ensures the blue MSC label is only displayed on seafood that's traceable to an MSC certified sustainable fishery.


Seaweed icon illustrating ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard

The ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard

The joint ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard rewards environmentally sustainable and socially responsible seaweed production. It is open to cultured and wild harvest seaweed operations worldwide.

Tick on fish graphic to illustrate third party certificationThird party certification

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

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Reviewing MSC standards

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

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