Unit of certification — Marine Stewardship Council
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Unit of certification

The unit of certification is the unit that is assessed by certifiers against the MSC environmental standard. It is defined as the fishery or fish stock (a biologically distinct unit) combined with the fishing method/gear and practice (the vessel/s) pursuing that stock.  This is set at the beginning of the assessment.

The fishery:  Unit of certification

The certified Australia mackerel icefish fishery is defined as:


Champsocephalus gunnari

Geographical range of

fishing operations

Australia’s Heard and McDonald Islands (Subantarctic)

Method of capture

Trawl (Bottom and midwater)


The mackerel icefish fishery at Heard Island and McDonald Islands.


Australia Fisheries Management Authority, Australia Antarctic

Division, and CCAMLR (Commission for Conservation of

Antarctic Marine Living Resources).

Client group

Austral Fisheries Pty Ltd



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