MSC Fisheries Standard Certification

The MSC Fisheries Standard is used to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable. The Standard reflects the most up-to-date understanding of internationally accepted fisheries science and management.


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What makes MSC Fisheries Standard Certification Responsible?

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The three principles of the MSC Fisheries Standard


The MSC Fisheries Standard has three core principles that every fishery must meet. 1 - Sustainable fish stocks Are enough fish left in the ocean? Fishing must be at a level that ensures it can continue indefinitely and the fish population can remain productive and healthy. 2 - Minimising environmental impact What are the impacts? Fishing activity must be managed carefully so that other species and habitats within the ecosystem remain healthy. 3 - Effective fisheries management Are operations well managed? MSC certified fisheries must comply with relevant laws and be able to adapt to changing environmental circumstances.