Monitoring our impact

The MSC monitoring and evaluation program works to understand the environmental and social impacts of the MSC. It also provides the scientific foundation for a consistent, research-based program.

Good monitoring and evaluation is needed to verify whether our program is delivering the impacts promised by the MSC label.

Katie Longo, Senior Scientist The Marine Stewarship Council

Monitoring and evaluating our impact

Our monitoring and evaluation team:

  • analyses the environmental and social impacts of MSC certified fisheries
  • provides evidence for decision making as the MSC improves the Fisheries and Chain of Custody Standards
  • communicates the most up-to-date scientific understanding of fish stocks, fisheries management best practice and seafood certification.


What information do we use?

The MSC collects information about the program, including data from fishery public certification reports (PCR). These contain the fishery scores for every performance indicator in the MSC Fisheries Standard, and are publicly available in our Track a Fishery portal.

External databases, including the RAM Legacy Database, FAO global capture production database and ICES stock assessment database, validate conclusions reached in certifiers’ reports.

When evaluating the program, we look for any evidence, whether it’s good, bad or neutral. The way we look at data is designed to be rigorous, to account for information gaps. Despite this, we acknowledge that bias is hard to avoid, so we make our evaluation methodologies and data available to all. Please contact a member of the Strategic Research team if you would like access to our data.

The MSC Monitoring and Evaluation framework

The MSC Monitoring and Evaluation framework reflects a commitment to rigorous, systematic and transparent methods of tracking and evaluating the impacts of the MSC program.

The Monitoring and Evaluation framework seeks to understand the if the MSC's Theory of Change is effective.

MSC Monitoring and Evaluation framework
Description: An overview of the MSC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

Language: English
Date of Issue: 01 January 2017
Theory of change graphic
Description: MSC's theory of change describes how the program will contribute to the MSC achieving oceans teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for future.

Language: English
Date of Issue: 28 April 2013

Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation framework

The MSC Monitoring and Evaluation framework was developed in a 2006 within a multi-stakehoder workshop. It was expanded through a public consultation process in 2011.

ISEAL sets the global movement of sustainability standards. As part of the ISEAL standard setting community, the Monitoring and Evaluation framework meets the detailed monitoring and evaluation requirements set by the ISEAL code of best practice.

 

MSC Monitoring and Evaluation consultation document
Description: In 2011, the MSC developed its current M&E framework through a consultative process. This document outlines this consultation.

Language: English
Date of Issue: 10 May 2011
MSC Monitoring and Evaluation Workshop Report 2006
Description: This report outlines the 2006 workshop in which the MSC's monitoring and evaluation framework was developed.

Language: English
Date of Issue: 20 September 2006

Global Impacts Reports

MSC Global Impacts Report 2017
Description: A 20th anniversary review of the Marine Stewardship Council program and the progress and improvements made by MSC certified fisheries around the world.

Language: English
Date of Issue: 01 June 2017
MSC Global Impacts Report 2016
Language: English
Date of Issue: 30 April 2016
MSC Global Impacts Report 2016 appendix and methods
Description: Data used in the 2016 Global Impacts Report

Date of Issue: 30 April 2016
MSC Global Impacts Report 2015
Language: English
Date of Issue: 30 April 2015
MSC Global Impacts 2015 Summary
Description: A summary of the 2015 Global Impacts Report

Date of Issue: 30 April 2015
MSC Global Impacts Report 2014 Summary
Language: English
Date of Issue: 30 April 2014
MSC Global Impacts Report 2014
Language: English
Date of Issue: 30 April 2014
Global Impacts Report 2013
Language: English
Date of Issue: 30 April 2013
Global Impacts Report 2013 Summary
Description: A summary of the 2013 Global Impacts Report

Date of Issue: 29 April 2013

Contact us


Francis Neat

Francis Neat

Head of Strategic Research

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Katie Longo

Katie Longo

Senior Scientist

Email
Robert Lefebure

Robert Lefebure

Senior Research and Data Manager

Email

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