Consultation on Review of the Fisheries Standard

Stakeholders are at the heart of our Fisheries Standard Review, helping identify issues, develop solutions and test the possible impacts of any proposed changes.

About the consultation period

We held our first round of public consultations in 2020 for stakeholders to take part in the development of the Fisheries Standard Review.

We will engage with stakeholders throughout 2021 to keep them informed of developments in the Fisheries Standard Review and opportunities to provide feedback on the revisions proposed. 

If a revised Standard is proposed, the focus in 2022 will be on reviewing the new document.

Consultation events

Currently there are no open consultation activities. 

To be notified of future activities and developments, sign up to our Fisheries Standard Review update.

Between June and August 2020, we held eleven virtual consultation workshops and four surveys to seek stakeholder input into the projects that are likely to deliver changes to the intent or high impact changes to the Fisheries Standard requirements. All Fisheries Standard Review projects will have at least one public consultation before the review is completed. 

Overall, the workshops were attended by 190 stakeholders from a range of sectors and regions. We also received 278 responses from stakeholders who participated in consultation surveys.

Consultation summary reports

We have published consultation summary reports for each project. The report will contain an overview of the topics discussed at the workshop and descriptive analyses of the participating stakeholder groups. Reports will also contain a transcript of the workshop discussions and feedback from surveys with individual names, organisations and any defamatory or commercially sensitive material redacted.

The 2020 consultations focused on the following projects and you can view a summary report from each:

Reviewing Principle 1 with a focus on harvest strategies

Clarifying best practice for reducing impacts on endangered, threatened and protected (ETP) species 

Supporting the prevention of gear loss and ghost fishing 

Ensuring effective fisheries management systems are in place

Identifying further solutions to ensure MSC certified fisheries are not involved in shark finning

Ensuring habitat performance indicators are clear and consistently applied 

Making the MSC Fisheries Standard more efficient 

Fisheries Standard Review Consultation Launch

Virtual conference

In May 2020, we held a virtual conference for the Fisheries Standard Review Consultation Launch. The conference outlined the current Fisheries Standard Review and included a question and answer session on all areas under consideration for revision. 

View our virtual conference on demand


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