Marine Stewardship Council (MSC Certified Sustainable Seafood)

The MSC runs an ambitious program, working with partners to transform the world’s seafood markets and promote sustainable fishing practices. Their vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, and seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations.

The MSC Fisheries Standard is designed to assess if a fishery is well-managed and sustainable. Their standards were developed through consultation with the fishing industry, scientists, conservation groups, experts and stakeholders. These standards detail the requirements for fisheries to be certified as sustainable and for businesses to trade in certified seafood.

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All certified fisheries must meet three core principles:

    • Principle 1. Sustainable fish stocks
    • Principle 2. Minimising environmental impact
    • Principle 3. Effective management

Fisheries and seafood businesses voluntarily seek certification against the relevant standards. These standards meet international best practice guidelines for certification and ecolabelling. Only seafood from an MSC certified fishery can carry the MSC ecolabel.

Consultants from Naunet Fisheries Consultants have been collaborating since 2013 as local experts in some MSC fisheries assessments undertake in Spain and Portugal. We are also work as a peer-reviewers and Principle 2 experts.

More information on the MSC scheme is available at their website: