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The Recertification Assistance Fund rewards fisheries that have shown a substantial commitment to the MSC program and sustainability.

What is the Recertification Assistance Fund?

MSC certified fisheries can apply for funding following their second or subsequent recertification and once the Public Certification Report (PCR) has been issued.

The fund helps MSC certified fisheries with the cost of Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) fees for recertification audits.

Recertification Assistance Fund grants are calculated in proportion to the applicant's assessment fee costs.

Available funding

Up to £30,000

or 75% of the CAB's reassessment costs, whichever is lowest

Duration of funding

one-off payment

Deadline for applications

within 12 months of publication of a Public Certification Report following a second or subsequent recertification

How to apply

If you are interested in applying to the Recertification Assistance Fund, please contact your local MSC representative.

If you are unsure who your representative is, you can email our Ocean Stewardship Fund team.
How to apply

Previous grant recipients

Expand the sections below to view the previous Recertification Assistance Fund grant recipients. All recipient fisheries were recertified at the time of review.

Annette Islands Reserve salmon 
Certificate holder: Metlakatla Indian Community

Australia Heard Island and McDonald Islands toothfish & icefish
Certificate holder: Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd, Australian Longline Pty Ltd

Australia Northern prawn 
Certificate holder: Northern Prawn Fishery Industry Pty Ltd

Australia western rock lobster
Certificate holder: Western Rock Lobster Council

Canada northern and striped shrimp
Certificate holder: Canadian Association of Prawn Producers (CAPP)

Clearwater Seafoods Eastern Canadian Offshore Clam
Certificate holder: Clearwater Seafoods Limited Partnership

Compagnie des Pêches de St Malo and Euronor Northeast Arctic cod and haddock fishery 
Certificate holder: La Compagnie des Pêches Saint-Malo, Euronor

Limfjord blue shell mussel (rope grown) 
Certificate holder: Vilsund Blue A/S

Macquarie Island (MI) toothfish
Certificate holder: Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd, Australian Longline Pty Ltd

Maldives pole & line skipjack tuna 
Certificate holder: Maldives Seafood Processors and Exporters Association (MSPEA)

Patagonian scallop (Zygochlamys patagonica) bottom otter trawl fishery
Certificate holder: Glaciar Pesquera S.A., Wanchese Argentina S.R.L.

PFA, SPSG, SPFPO, DFPO and DPPO North Sea Herring 
Certificate holder: Pelagic Freezer Trawler Association (PFA), Danmarks Fiskeriforening Producent Organisation (DFPO), Swedish Pelagic Federation Producers Organisation (SPFPO), Danmarks Pelagiske Producentorganisation (DPPO), The Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group Ltd. (SPSG)

Shetland & Scottish Mainland Rope Grown mussel Enhanced Fishery
Certificate holder: Seafood Shetland, Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group Ltd

Small Pelagics Fishery in Sonora, Gulf of California
Certificate holder: Camara Nacional de la Industria Pesquera

South Australia Lakes and Coorong pipi 
Certificate holder: Southern Fishermen's Association Australia, Goolwa Pipi Co

Suriname Atlantic seabob shrimp 
Certificate holder: Heiploeg International BV

UK Fisheries Ltd/DFFU/Doggerbank Northeast Arctic cod, haddock and saithe 
Certificate holder: UK Fisheries Ltd, Deutsche Fischfang-Union GmbH & Co. KG (DFFU), Doggerbank Seefischerei GmbH

US West Coast pink shrimp (Pandalus jordani) trawl fishery 
Certificate holder: Oregon Trawl Commission, Pacific Seafood

Canada Scotia-Fundy haddock fishery

• Certificate holder: Atlantic Groundfish Council

Cornwall sardine fishery
• Certificate holder: Cornish Sardine Management Association

Ekofish Group and Osprey Trawlers North Sea Twin-rigged Plaice fishery
• Certificate holder: Ekofish Group BV

Ekofish Group and Osprey Trawlers North Sea Twin-rigged Plaice fishery
• Certificate holder: Osprey Group BV

Mexico Baja California red rock lobster fishery
• Certificate holder: Federación Regional de Sociedades Cooperativas de la Industria Pesquera Baja California, FCL (FEDECOOP)

Norway North East Arctic cod offshore (>12nm) fishery
• Certificate holder: Norwegian Fishermen’s Association (NFA)

Norway North East Arctic haddock offshore (>12nm) fishery
• Certificate holder: Norwegian Fishermen’s Association (NFA)

Scapeche, Euronor and Compagnie des Peches de St Malo saithe fishery
• Certificate holder: Comptoir des Pêches d'Europe du Nord (Euronor), La Compagnie des Pêches Saint-Malo, Société Centrale des Armements des Mousquetaires à la pêche (Scapêche)

SFSAG Northern Demersal Stocks fishery
• Certificate holder: Scottish Fisheries Sustainable Accreditation Group (SFSAG)

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