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We're an international non-profit organisation established to address the problem of unsustainable fishing and safeguard seafood supplies for the future.

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What is the MSC?

The MSC is an international non-profit organisation addressing the problem of unsustainable fishing, and safeguarding seafood supplies for the future.

What we do

Using our fisheries certification and seafood labelling program, the MSC works with partners to promote sustainable fishing and transform markets.

Changing behaviour

The MSC’s certification and ecolabelling program enables everybody to play a part in securing a healthy future for our oceans.

Learn about our standard

This short film explains the MSC Fisheries Standard for sustainability.

MSC's Annual Report 2015-16

Our latest report highlights the journey from sustainable fishers to seafood lovers.

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10 facts about the MSC

Find out more about the Marine Stewardship Council.

The MSC standards

The MSC Standards define the requirements for fisheries to be certified as sustainable and for business to trade in certified seafood.

Sustainable fishing

Sustainable fishing means healthy fish stocks, minimal ecosystem impacts and effective management. To be MSC certified, fisheries must meet all these criteria.

How we meet best practice

MSC meets the highest benchmarks for credible certification and ecolabelling, including the UN Food and Agriculture Organization guidelines and the ISEAL Code.

Latest news

Sustainable Seafood Day 2017 reminds Australians to choose seafood wisely

Mar 31, 2017

Sustainable Seafood Day celebrates commitments made along the seafood supply chain and encourages Australians to choose the blue MSC label when buying seafood.

New project to map octopus fishing in the Western Indian Ocean

Mar 29, 2017

A first of its kind project will provide African fishers with a benchmark for sustainable octopus fishing

MSC is the first global seafood certification to achieve GSSI recognition

Mar 14, 2017

The MSC is the first global sustainable seafood certification program to achieve GSSI recognition for rigour and credibility.

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