Our collective impact

For 20 over years fisheries, scientists, consumers and industry have been part of a collective effort to make sure our oceans are fished sustainably. These efforts are measured by real change on the water.

Since we were founded in 1997, nearly 15% of the world’s marine catch has been certified to the MSC Sustainability Standard. Certification is helping to grow and maintain the number of sustainable fish populations.

To remain certified, fisheries have made over 1,600 improvements to their practices and management to date.

Globally, more than 38,000 locations, including supermarket chains, restaurants, fishmongers and hotels are now certified to sell seafood with the blue MSC blue fish label.

We have an ambitious goal of getting 20% of the world’s wild catch certified as sustainable by 2020. You can help simply by looking for and buying products with the MSC blue fish label!


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


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


improvements delivered to strengthen or monitor fishery sustainability


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


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



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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