Reports

Here you'll find a series of reports published by the MSC, including our Annual and Global Impacts reports and more.

Annual Report 2020-2021

This year’s report highlights the resilience of our partners in the fishing and supply chain sectors in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite the challenges, the MSC program continued to grow in reach, scope, and impact over the last year. This is an encouraging sign: showing that fisheries, processors, brands, retailers, restaurants, and consumers understand the grave threat that overfishing poses to the health of our oceans and remain committed to the sustainable seafood movement.   

Our Annual Report provides an update on the progress and impact the MSC program has had on the water and in the market in 2020-21. Highlights include:

  • Features on key species groups, including: whitefish, small pelagics, tuna, octopus and squid, crab and lobster, prawn and shrimp, salmon, bivalves, and seaweed.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Small-scale and developing region fisheries: An overview of how the Fish For Good project and the In-Transition to MSC program are increasing accessibility. 
  • Ocean Stewardship Fund: OSF grants fund a wide range of sustainability research. This year’s projects are spread across the globe from Iceland to Indonesia and Australia to South Africa.
  • Update on our Fisheries Standard Review: Moving online has proved no barrier to stakeholder engagement as we work to keep our Standard the leading global benchmark in sustainable fishing.

 

“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of the seafood industry, all over the world. But rather than roll back on their commitment to sustainable seafood, fisheries, supply chain companies, retailers and consumers have demonstrated remarkable resilience and deepened commitment to contributing to the health of our oceans.”

Rupert Howes, Marine Stewardship Council CEO

 

MSC Sustainable Tuna Handbook

Updated in 2021, this handbook provides a comprehensive summary of the state of global tuna stocks, the issues surrounding sustainable harvest, global market demand, and certified sustainable tuna fisheries. It was developed with input from major tuna producers and brands and aims to guide those who source and buy tuna towards sustainable choices.

Previous reports

MSC Annual Report 2018-2019
Description: Working together for thriving oceans.

Language: English
Date of issue: 10 October 2019
MSC Annual Report 2017-2018
Description: Seafood for future generations.

Language: English
Date of issue: 20 February 2019
MSC Annual Report 2016-17
Description: MSC 20th anniversary Annual Report. Wild. Certified. Sustainable.

Language: English
Date of issue: 18 October 2017
MSC Strategic Plan summary 2017-2020
Description: A summary of the MSC's current strategic plan, outlining the MSC’s main strategic directions and priorities from 2017 to 2020

Date of issue: 24 May 2017
MSC consumer survey 2016 summary
Description: Seafood consumers put sustainability before price and brand: graphic summary of MSC Consumer Survey 2016, conducted by Globescan

Date of issue: 13 July 2016
MSC Global Impacts Update 2019
Description: An updated review of the Marine Stewardship Council program and the improvements made by MSC certified fisheries around the world.

Language: English
Date of issue: 08 June 2019
Date effective: 08 June 2019
MSC Global Impacts Report 2017
Description: A 20th anniversary review of the Marine Stewardship Council program and the progress and improvements made by MSC certified fisheries around the world.

Language: English
Date of issue: 01 June 2017

 

 

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