Fishery improvement tools

The MSC has several improvement tools to support the progress of fisheries towards MSC certification.

The MSC tools can be used by any fishery working towards sustainability through a Fishery Improvement Project.

The following tools are mandatory for fisheries taking part in the In-Transition to MSC (ITM) program:

  • pre-assessment template
  • improvement action plan template
  • benchmarking and tracking tool 

Pre-assessment template

An MSC pre-assessment provides an overview on how a fishery performs against the MSC Standard. This allows for gaps in performance to be identified. The process for undertaking an MSC pre-assessment is described in the MSC Fisheries Certification Process. 

Fishery improvement action plan tool

This template and guidance tool are designed to help a fishery develop an improvement action plan to address the gaps in a fishery's environmental performance.

Improvement action plans should be developed following an MSC pre-assessment. They are intended to help fisheries interested in getting MSC certified to identify and implement actions to allow the fishery to meet MSC performance requirements within a specified time frame.

Benchmarking and tracking tool

The benchmarking and tracking tool allows a fishery to benchmark the environmental performance of a Fishery Improvement Project against the MSC Fisheries Standard. Users can track the Fishery Improvement Project's actual and expected progress.

The tool provides a method of consistently reporting information about status of a Fishery Improvement Project and generates a visual summary dashboard of information to help interested parties understand how the fishery is progressing. 

Risk-Based Framework

Access to data can be a barrier to MSC assessment, this is particularly true for small scale and developing world fisheries. The MSC has a set of precautionary risk-based indicators for the assessment of data-deficient fisheries.

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Fishery Improvement Projects

The MSC recognises the important contribution that Fishery Improvement Projects can make to improving overall fisheries health and in promoting sustainable seafood.

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Technical consultants register

Our technical consultants register lists experts who can provide services to fisheries as they work towards meeting the MSC Fisheries Standard.

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The MSC Fisheries Standard

The Fisheries Standard measures the sustainability of wild-capture fisheries. The Standard is open to all wild-capture fisheries, including those from the developing world.

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