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About the Monitoring and Evaluation Program

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) program aims to achieve a clear understanding of the environmental and organisational impacts of the MSC. It also provides the scientific foundation for a transparent, impartial and consistent MSC program.

The M&E program collects empirical data which is then used to measure against the MSC's sustainability and strategy outcome objectives.

The objectives of the Monitoring and Evaluation Program include:

  • Maintain credibility by producing robust analysis and evidence of the environmental impacts of MSC certified fisheries.
  • Promote effectiveness by facilitating evidence-based decision making and reporting.
  • Enhance cross-organisational efficiency and learning by contributing to the global scientific understanding of fish stocks, fisheries management best practice and seafood certification.
  • Provide accountability to donors and stakeholders on the contribution of MSC certification to the sustainability of fish stocks globally.

As a member of the ISEAL Alliance of sustainability standard setters, the MSC is required to publicly report on its evaluations and conform to ISEAL Impacts Code. This code provides a framework for better measurement of MSC's sustainability program. Our annual Global Impacts Report, compiled by the M&E team, ensures we achieve this. 

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Learn more about how the MSC monitors and evaluates the impacts of certification.
Monitoring and Evaluation framework > (PDF 449 KB)
How the monitoring and evaluation system was originally designed, and how it has improved over time based on feedback from stakeholders:

Monitoring and Evaluation workshop report 2006 > (PDF 449 KB)

Monitoring and Evaluation consultation paper 2011 > (PDF 511KB)

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