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  • Are you affected, or will you be affected by, a certification decision on a particular fishery?
  • Do you have an interest in the fishery being considered for certification and/or in other resources potentially affected by the fishery being considered for certification?
  • Do you have information relevant to the assessment of the fishery for MSC certification?
  • Do you want to comment on the performance of the certifier?

If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, you should consider yourself a stakeholder in that fishery. You should have your say and get involved in the MSC assessment process.

Remember that the MSC is available to help guide you through the process. If you need further information about any of the assessment steps, please contact the MSC.

Why should I get involved?

As a stakeholder, you are an essential source of information that will be needed to conduct a meaningful assessment. Whether you are a scientist, a fishery manager, a seafood processor, a government representative, a community member, a conservationist or other stakeholder with an interest in an assessment outcome, your information contributes to a thorough assessment.

Your input helps to ensure that:

  • the issues important to you or your organization are taken into consideration in the assessment;
  • the assessment of the fishery is well-informed and comprehensive;
  • the outcome of the assessment is consistent with the rigorous MSC Fisheries Standard.
  • stakeholder support is strengthened for both the result obtained in this fishery and for the overall MSC certification program.

Certifiers are required to consider stakeholder input

The input that stakeholders provide during assessments is crucial to ensuring a credible and robust certification outcome. The independent certification bodies who conduct assessments are required to carefully consider all comments received. If they choose not to take comments on board, they must document their rationale. This ensures that your input is transparently and thoroughly considered by the assessment team.

When and how you can comment on a fishery's assessment >

Certifier performance

All fishery certifiers are required to have their own complaints procedure. You should be able to find this on their website. If you need to raise a complaint with your certifier, please use their own complaints procedure as a first step.

If you are not satisfied with a certifier’s response, it is possible to raise a complaint with MSC’s independent accreditation body – Accreditation Services International (ASI).

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