Our collective impact

For more than 20 years fisheries, scientists, consumers and industry have been part of a collective effort to make sure our oceans are fished sustainably.

Since we were founded in 1997, fisheries responsible for nearly 15% of global wild marine catch have been certified to the MSC Fisheries Standard. Certification is helping to grow and maintain the number of sustainable fish populations.

To remain certified, fisheries have made more than 1,600 improvements to their performance and management to date.

Worldwide, approximately 38,000 sites, including supermarket chains, restaurants, fishmongers and hotels are now certified to sell seafood with the MSC blue fish tick label.

 


Over

15%

of marine wild catch engaged with the MSC program (certified or in assessment)
Almost

900

conditions of certification met by fisheries since 2000, moving from acceptable to global best practice
Over

1,600

improvements delivered to strengthen or monitor fishery sustainability

92%

of certified fisheries have been required to make at least one improvement
More than

18,000

different products sold globally with the MSC blue label in the UK financial year 2019-20 (1 April 2019 - 31 March 2020)

Approximately

38,000

sites around the world selling certified sustainable seafood

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Fisheries improving

As well as fishing healthy populations, fisheries must show they are managing their impacts on habitats and other marine species.

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Traceable supply chains

Retailers, fishmongers and restaurants around the world are certified for traceability so fish sold with the MSC label can be traced to a sustainable fishery.

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