Driving change

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, 12% of the world’s marine catch has been MSC certified. Certification is helping to grow and maintain the number of sustainable fish populations.

To remain certified, fisheries have made over 1,200 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 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!
More than


products are sold with the blue MSC label


improvements delivered by fisheries


of marine catch is MSC certified

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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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