Our collective impact

For over 20 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 nearly 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 1,600 improvements to their performance and management.

More than 38,000 sites, including supermarket chains, restaurants, fishmongers and hotels are now certified to sell seafood with the blue MSC label.




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


conditions of certification met by fisheries since 2000, moving from acceptable to global best practice


improvements delivered to strengthen or monitor fishery sustainability


of certified fisheries have been required to make at least one improvement
More than


products are sold with the blue MSC label

More than


sites around the world selling certified sustainable seafood

Fisheries improving

MSC certified fisheries are continually improving to minimise environmental impacts

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Global Impacts 2017

Our Global Impacts Report showcases the progress and improvements delivered by certified fisheries around the world.

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Traceable supply chains

Retailers, fishmongers and restaurants around the world are certified for traceability so fish sold with the MSC label can be traced to a sustainable fishery.

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Monitoring our impact

The MSC monitoring and evaluation program works to understand the environmental and social impacts of the MSC.

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