Technical consultants register

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

What is the technical consultants register?

Our technical consultants register lists experts who understand the requirements of the MSC Fisheries Standard. They can help with: 

  • Conducting a gap analysis of fishery performance against the Fisheries Standard
  • Developing and assisting in the implementation of a fisheries improvement action plan
  • Managing MSC assessments or liaising between the fishery and certification body. 

Individuals in the register are listed as either a technical consultant or associate technical consultant. Technical consultants have a greater level of practical experience in the application of the MSC Fisheries Standard from participating in MSC assessments or surveillance audits. Associate technical consultants have completed comprehensive training in the MSC Fisheries Standard but have not been part of an assessment team.

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Technical consultants register disclaimer

This information is provided as a resource only; the inclusion of individuals or organisations in this list does not constitute endorsement by the MSC or by Assurance Services International (ASI). MSC includes consultants in this list upon receiving statements of experience provided by consultants, where such experience at face value meets the requirements outlined in the MSC's Technical Consultants Requirement document, where such consultants have signed up to the Code of Good Practice and where such consultants have provided references satisfactory to the MSC.

The MSC does not carry out further checks to ascertain the expertise of such consultants. Anyone engaging a consultant from this list must satisfy themselves that the consultant is suitable for their particular purpose. Neither the MSC nor ASI accepts any duty of care to anyone using this list. Neither MSC nor ASI will have any liability to any party in respect of performance or suitability of any consultant or in relation to any failure by a consultant to adhere to the Code of Good Practice. Consultants provide Fisheries Improvement services as independent contractors.

How do I become a technical consultant?

If you are a fisheries expert with experience in implementing fishery improvements, you may be eligible to apply to be listed on the MSC technical consultants register.

Depending on your level of practical experience in the application of the MSC Fisheries Standard, you will be listed as either a full or associate consultant.

Can I apply?

To apply to be listed as a technical consultant you should either have: 

a degree in fisheries, marine conservation biology or a related field, or  
at least 3 years’ experience in marine conservation biology, fisheries, natural resources or environmental management. 

The academic and/or work experience should cover at least one of the following areas of fishery expertise: 

fish stock assessment
fishing impacts on aquatic ecosystems 
fishery management and operations. 

You must demonstrate an excellent understanding of the MSC Fisheries Standard and provide evidence of experience in stakeholder facilitation and project management. Applicants must provide a log of fisheries related project work over the last 3 years.

All applications are subject to review by internal and external expert panels.

How can I apply?

If you're interested in applying please read the full requirements and guidance. If you meet the eligibility criteria and would like to submit an application, please  email the Global Accessibility team.

Code of Good Practice

All successful applicants will be expected to sign the Code of Good Practice for technical consultants.

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