Developing World and small-scale fisheries

The MSC is committed to providing equal access for all fisheries seeking MSC certification. We provide additional tools and guidance for small small-scale and data-deficient fisheries to help them demonstrate that they meet the MSC Fisheries Standard and get certified.

In 2014, fishery exports from developing countries were valued at US$80 billion, higher than all other food commodities combined. Certification under the MSC program will make sure these fisheries are operating sustainably and can contribute to long-term social, environmental and economic benefits in their communities.

Yemi Oloruntuyi, Developing World Program Manager MSC

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Why get your fishery MSC certified?

MSC certification confirms your fishery is well-managed and is sustaining resources and livelihoods for future generations. Learn about the benefits.

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Fishery certification guide

What you need to know to get certified. We are here to help you before, during, and after the process.

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Fishery Improvement Projects

The MSC recognises the important contribution that FIPs can make to improving overall fisheries health and in promoting sustainable seafood. We work to provide technical support and capacity to credible FIPs.

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Our Developing World Program

Our Developing World Program aims to ensure the MSC program and its benefits are accessible to all fisheries, regardless of size or region.

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