Ocean Stewardship Fund

The Ocean Stewardship Fund aims to increase the number of sustainable fisheries around the world.

We launched the Ocean Stewardship Fund to accelerate progress in sustainable fishing.  The MSC’s work has grown rapidly since our founding in 1997. More consumers than ever are making sustainable choices and looking for the blue label. But we have a long way to go to fulfill our mission of helping to secure our planet’s seafood for future generations. That’s why we are re-investing our funds into the Ocean Stewardship Fund. 

Grants are available for fisheries at all stages of development as we aim to support:

  • Fisheries starting on the pathway to sustainability
  • Fisheries conducting research to meet best practice
  • MSC certified fisheries with longstanding commitments to sustainability

The MSC has committed 5% of all royalties from MSC certified product sales to support the Ocean Stewardship Fund. The program also has £1 million seed funding. 


Supporting fisheries transitioning toward sustainability

Achieving MSC certification can require fisheries to make wide-ranging changes to their work.  Small scale fisheries and those in the Global South can find those requirements daunting. Our Pathway to sustainability supports such fisheries on their journey towards sustainability assessment. 

Our Transition Assistance Fund helps fisheries making good progress. Funds can be used to support the cost of improvements that are necessary for the fishery to become sustainable.

In its pilot year the fund will support fisheries within the Fish for Good program. In future the fund will be open to all fisheries in a credible fishery improvement project (FIP) and are showing progress toward achieving MSC certification.


Supporting fisheries to achieve best practice

To achieve MSC certification fisheries must perform at a high level, but most assessments identify room for improvement. To achieve best practice in every aspect of their work, fisheries are set ‘conditions’ ahead of their next assessment.

In order to meet such conditions, scientific research is often needed . Our Science and Research Fund supports projects that benefit one or more fisheries in the MSC program to meet conditions and achieve best practice.


Supporting fisheries long term commitments to sustainability

Maintaining MSC certification requires significant commitment from fisheries. Sustainability best practice evolves and fisheries must work to keep up with change.

The future of our oceans depends on certified fisheries maintaining their status, and encouraging others to achieve the same standard. Our Recertification Assistance Fund supports fisheries who have maintained MSC certification for at least 10 years by contributing to the cost of recertification.


Apply to the Ocean Stewardship Fund

Funding is now open for fishery clients and researchers

Apply for funding

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Pathway to sustainability

The MSC is working with NGOs, governments, retailers and funders around the world to create a pathway to sustainability for small-scale fisheries and fisheries in developing countries.

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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.

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Fish for Good

Fish for Good is a four-year project aiming to guide fisheries in Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa on their journey towards sustainability.

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Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund

The Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund (GFSF) supported small-scale and fisheries in the Global South, awarding £400,000 to eleven projects around the world.

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