Making sure there are enough fish in the sea to maintain healthy populations is critical to the MSC Fisheries Standard.
A certified fishery must show that it targets fish populations that are healthy and productive. It’s a balancing act between how many fish are caught and how many fish are left to breed for another season.
If fish numbers fall below sustainable limits, a certified fishery will adjust what it catches. If it doesn’t, the MSC certification can be suspended. A suspended fishery won’t be able to sell fish with the MSC blue fish label until it has a management strategy in place to rebuild the population.
MSC continually monitors the program to understand the impacts that the standard requirements have on the environment and seafood market. Each year, we publish our findings.
What does the MSC label mean? 1. Sustainable fish stocks
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Sustainable fishing means leaving enough fish in the ocean, respecting habitats and ensuring people who depend on fishing can maintain their livelihoods.