Input required for sustainable fishing standards

04 Sep 2017
The MSC’s latest consultation is on its proposed improvements and developments to its chain of custody standard and fishery certification requirements

The MSC’s latest consultation is on its proposed improvements and developments to its chain of custody standard and fishery certification requirements

Stakeholders now have the opportunity to contribute to The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) requirements for sustainable fishing.

The MSC’s latest consultation on proposed improvements and developments to its chain of custody standard and fishery certification requirements will be open for 30 days.

“Transparency, third-party scrutiny and stakeholder consultation are central to the MSC’s values and commitment to continually improve and maintain world-leading standards,” said Dr David Agnew, Science and Standards Director for the MSC.

“These consultations offer the opportunity for everyone to inform how the MSC program evolves and continues to reflect international best practice. We welcome input from all stakeholders.”

Included in the consultations announced today is the opportunity to comment on the Unit of Assessment used to define MSC certified fisheries.

Stakeholders are also being encouraged to provide feedback in response to stakeholder concerns over the allowance for fishing vessels to catch both certified and uncertified products in a single fishing trip.

These options were developed following a workshop involving more than 30 organisations, coordinated by the MSC in June this year and discussion with the MSC’s Stakeholder Council, Technical Advisory Board and Board of Trustees.

The boards are made up of independent experts from across the seafood and conservation community, including fisheries, NGOs, scientists, retailers and brands.

Full details of this consultation are available on improvements.msc.org with participation is via on online feedback survey.

The consultations will run from 1st to 30th September.

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