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For 25 years fisheries, scientists, consumers and industry have been part of a collective effort to make sure our oceans are fished sustainably.

Since we were founded in 1997, fisheries responsible for around 15% of marine catch have been certified to the MSC Fisheries Standard. Certification is helping to grow and maintain the number of sustainable fish populations.

To remain certified, fisheries have so far made over 2000 improvements to their performance and management.

More than 47,800 sites, including supermarket chains, restaurants, fishmongers and hotels are now certified to sell seafood with the blue MSC ecolabel.


of marine wild catch engaged with the MSC program (certified, in assessment or working towards assessment)


improvements made by MSC certified fisheries by the end of March 2023


certified products available across the UK & Ireland


sites around the world selling certified sustainable seafood

UK and Ireland State of the Water Report

The State of the Water Report for the UK and Ireland is the first of its kind and provides a detailed analysis of the positive effect that MSC certification is having on the fisheries that have chosen to be assessed against the MSC Fisheries Standard.
UK and Ireland State of the Water Report
Fishermen's tales

Fishermen's tales

More stories from those at sea on the sustainable fishing frontline.