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Marine Stewardship Council

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The MSC fisheries standard has 3 overarching principles that every fishery must prove that it meets:

Principle 1: Sustainable fish stocks The fishing activity must be at a level which is sustainable for the fish population. Any certified fishery must operate so that fishing can continue indefinitely and is not overexploiting the resources.

Principle 2: Minimising environmental impact Fishing operations should be managed to maintain the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem on which the fishery depends.

Principle 3: Effective management The fishery must meet all local, national and international laws and must have a management system in place to respond to changing circumstances and maintain sustainability.

The MSC Chain of Custody Standard (CoC) for seafood traceability makes sure that the MSC label is only displayed on seafood from a MSC certified sustainable fishery.

Learn more: Marine Stewardship Council websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with Marine Stewardship Council's standard is verified by an independent organization (third party) following ISO 17011 Accreditation, ISO / IEC Guide 65 Product Certification

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Applicants are certified against the ecolabels’s criteria before using the label

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

Name

Marine Stewardship Council

Member of

ISEAL

Type

Non-profit

Also manages

None.


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Ecolabel details | What are the characteristics of the standard(s) related to this ecolabel?

  • Applicable life cycle and supply chain phases
  • Social and environmental attributes
  • Mutual recognition with other ecolabels
  • Standard details, including standard document, review frequency

Ecolabel development | How were the standards for this ecolabel developed?

  • Standard development and management process
  • Standard-setting norms followed for development of the ecolabel's standard
  • Type of standard-setting process, external stakeholders, and funding sources

Conformity Assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

  • Requirements to achieve certification (i.e. chain of custody, site visits, metrics)
  • Audit / surveillance requirements
  • Duration of certification, time to achieve certification

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

  • Contact details, primary contact
  • Organizational details including year established, funding, and governance

Additional information | Including:

  • Compliance type (pass / fail / tiered)
  • Target audience (consumers / retailers / manufacturers / etc)

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Year ecolabel est. 1999

Classification | Who, what, where

Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Fish / Fisheries Food


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Last updated: 20 January 2012