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.

The focus in 2021 will be to further develop and refine policy options for revisions to our Fisheries Standard

These options will be refined into a draft Standard by the end of 2021. We will use pilot assessments, impact assessments and consultations to make sure proposed changes are feasible and deliver our stated intentions.

For projects requiring technical advice, we will invite specialist stakeholders to take part in targeted consultations.

We will also hold further public consultations for any projects requiring additional stakeholder input to refine the options proposed.


Consultation and engagement

Consultations in 2021

There are currently no consultations open. 

Earlier in 2021 we requested feedback from our stakeholders on projects requiring additional input to help refine the proposed revisions to our Standard. This included four public consultation surveys and two workshops attended by fishery assessors and technical experts. 

Consultation summary reports

Summary reports from the public consultations and technical workshops are available to download. Each report contains an overview of the project, feedback received and a descriptive analysis of the participating stakeholder groups.

Follow the links below to find out more about each project, download the consultation support document and a summary report from each consultation.

Summary reports from public surveys
Summary reports from technical workshops

All stakeholder input from consultations will be analysed and will help us refine the proposed revisions. 

Stakeholders will have an opportunity to review proposed changes for all projects when the draft Standard is released in early 2022. Find out more about the next steps in the review. 

Visit our project pages for up-to-date information on each project in the review.

Previous consultation on the Fisheries Standard Review

We held our first round of public consultations in 2020. This included 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. 

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.

Progress update on the MSC Fisheries Standard Review

On World Ocean Day, Tuesday 8 June 2021, we held two webinars across different time zones to update our stakeholders on the progress made in the Fisheries Standard Review

The webinars were chaired by:

  • Dr Rohan Currey, Chief Science and Standards Director (0700 - 0815 UTC / 1700 - 1815 AEST)
  • Dr Ernesto Jardim, Fisheries Standard Director (1500 - 1615 UTC / 1100 - 1215 EDT)

We discussed how and why we review our Standard, the topics being reviewed and how our Standard could change. There was also an opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the MSC panel. 

Watch the recordings from each of the webinars below:


Watch video

Progress update on the MSC Fisheries Standard Review | Chair: Dr Rohan Currey



Watch video

Progress update on the MSC Fisheries Standard Review | Chair: Dr Ernesto Jardim


Next steps

We will use the information and knowledge gained through consultations to refine the options for revisions to our Standard. We will also carry out pilot tests of proposed revisions to make sure they achieve the expected outcomes and can be effectively audited during a fishery assessment.  

By the end of 2021, we will have developed options for all projects in the review and will have drafted a revised Standard, which will be reviewed by our Technical Advisory Board, Stakeholder Advisory Council and Board of Trustees. 

Reviewing the draft Standard 

In early 2022, stakeholders will have an opportunity to review all proposed changes before any final decision to revise the Standard is made.

The new Standard will be released later in 2022 subject to approval from our governance bodies.


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