Marine Stewardship Council Sustainable Fisheries Certification

The International MCS Network Secretariat recently attended the seminar “The Realities of Certifying Fisheries” in with David Agnew, Standards Director of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).  Mr. Agnew spoke on MSC’s developments in certifying sustainable wild-catch fisheries.

MSC operates a third party certification program in order to maintain neutrality.  Approximately 200 fisheries are MSC certified, each assessed on three principles:  sustainable fish stocks, minimizing environmental impact, and effective management.  Mr. Agnew new demonstrated several reasons in which a fishery would be incentivized to become MSC certified.  Most MSC certified fisheries are now seeing anywhere from a 5% to a 20% market premium.  Increased yield and quality of fish stock, environmental sustainability and government recognition are also drivers that encourage fisheries to complete the certification.

To learn more about the Marine Stewardship Council and the fisheries certification program visit www.msc.org.

The International Monitoring, Control and Surveillance (MCS) Network aims to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of fisheries-related MCS activities through enhanced cooperation, coordination, information collection and exchange among national organizations and institutions responsible for fisheries-related MCS.