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 events

There are currently no consultations open. 

Surveys for the projects listed below were held between May and July 2021, with each survey open for 30 days. Follow the links below to find out more about each project and read the consultation document.

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

Supporting the prevention of gear loss and ghost fishing

Reviewing Principle 1 with a focus on harvest strategies

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

All stakeholder input from consultations will be analysed and will help us refine the proposed revisions. We will also carry out further impact assessments to make sure our proposals will achieve the intended outcomes. 

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.

To be notified of future developments, including an email whenever a new consultation opens, sign up to our Fisheries Standard Review update.

Progress update on the MSC Fisheries Standard Review

On World Ocean Day, Tuesday 8 June, 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:


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



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


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.

Consultation summary reports

We will publish consultation summary reports from all public consultations. 

Our reports 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.

Next steps

We will use the information and knowledge gained through consultations to refine the options for revisions to our Standard. The proposed revisions will be reviewed by our Governance bodies in late 2021.

The next opportunity to comment on all projects will be during the 60-day public consultation on the draft Standard in early 2022.

Stakeholders will have an opportunity to review proposed changes for all projects in the review 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.

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


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