What is your fishery assessed against? — Marine Stewardship Council
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What is your fishery assessed against?

The MSC runs the world’s leading environmental certification program for wild capture fisheries. Certification to the MSC Fisheries Standard is voluntary and gives proof that your fishery is well managed and sustainable regardless of size, type and location. 

“The MSC assessment process has helped Ben Tre fishermen understand the issues of sustainable exploitation, habitat security as well as environmental and ecosystem protection.” - Nguyen Minh Canh, Deputy Director, Agriculture and Rural Development Department of Ben Tre province, Vietnam 

In summary:

  • World leading environmental standard for sustainable fisheries
  • Made up of three key principles
  • Third party, independent assessment
  • Science based and up to date with industry best practice
  • Accessible to wild capture and enhanced fisheries

The MSC Fisheries Standard is based on three principles: 

  1. Sustainable fish stocks
  2. Minimising environmental impacts
  3. Effective management

Three principles of the MSC Fisheries Standard explained


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