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Fisheries certification scheme documents

The MSC fisheries certification scheme documents include the fisheries standard alongside requirements and guidance documents to support fishery assessments towards certification. They are used by fishery clients, Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) and Accreditation Services International (ASI).

Key scheme documents include:


The MSC Fisheries Standard and Certification Requirements were updated and published on 1 October 2014 following a two-year Fisheries Standard Review.

Version 2.0 of the Fisheries Certification Requirements becomes effective on 1 April 2015.


Fisheries Standard

Current version:
Version 2.0 | Issued: 1 October 2014 | Effective: 1 April 2015
(PDF, 3220 KB)
 The principles intended to be used by independent accredited assessment bodies when certifying fisheries against the world's leading standard for sustainable wild-capture fisheries.

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Fisheries Certification Requirements and Guidance

Current version:
Version 2.0 | Issued: 1 October 2014 | Effective: 1 April 2015
(PDF, 5764 KB)
Version 1.3 | Issued: 14 January 2013 | Effective: 14 March 2013 | Superseded: 1 April 2015 (PDF, 3455 KB)
The Fisheries Certification Requirements (FCR) set out how the standard should be interpreted during assessments, and ensure consistency of its application.
Download options: Full version (PDF, 5646 KB) or Extract on Certification Process Requirements and Guidance (PDF, 2049 KB)

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General Certification Requirements

Current version:
Version 2.1 | Issued: 20 February 2015 | Effective: 1 September 2015 (PDF, 585 KB)
Description: The General Certification Requirements (GCR) set out how the certification process should be interpreted before, during and after audits. They ensure consistency of application by conformity assessment bodies.

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MSC-MSCI Vocabulary

Current version:
Version 1.1 | Issued: 20 February 2015 | Effective: 1 September 2015 (PDF, 443 KB)
Description: This document provides definitions for the key vocabulary, terms and abbreviations used by the MSC and MSCI.

Forms and templates

The MSC forms and templates for the fisheries certification scheme were significantly updated following the MSC 2013/14 Fisheries Standard Review. The full list of assessment and reporting templates

Translated scheme documents

To improve the accessibility of our program and scheme requirements to global fisheries, MSC scheme documents are made available in multiple-languages. Find out the full list of documents available in your local language

Superseded documents

The MSC scheme documents go through a progressive evolution of changes in response to the changes in international best practice. The latest scheme documents are listed above. See the full list of superseded documents

Additional guidance documents for CABs

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