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Consultation Launched on MSC Fishery Standard Review

26 April 2013

GLOBAL - In spring 2012, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) began work to review its environmental fisheries standard. As required in the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) ecolabelling guidelines and the International Social, Environment, Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL) standard setting code, the MSC has committed to undertake a periodic review of the MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing during 2013-14.

Public consultation on the MSC fishery standard has begun.

From the 22 April until 1 June 2013, anyone can view the proposals and background information and share their expertise and experience through the consultation.

The review will focus on the 31 environmental performance indicators within the MSC default assessment tree and other fishery client performance requirements. Several existing policy development projects are being included in the fisheries standard review, including work related to benthic impacts, unit of certification, bycatch/discards and many others.

Over the last year, the MSC has consulted over 80 fisheries experts, scientists, advisers, environmental organisations and retailers from across the globe to help inform the content of the review. The independent MSC stakeholder council and technical advisory boards have both had detailed input into the scope of the review. In addition, the MSC has commissioned a significant amount of environmental research to inform the process.

How you can get involved

The first round of public consultation opens on 22 April until 1 June 2013. The final round of consultation will take place during September - October 2013.

Find out more about the MSC fishery standard review, read the programme improvements consultation documents and sign up for updates at:

On Thursday 2 May 2013, the MSC will host a number of webinars for anyone wishing to find out more (these webinars should suit all global time zones). If you would like to attend, please register at

The MSC will be hosting workshops:

  • 3-4 July, London, UK.
  • 24-25 July, Seattle, USA.
  • October, date/location to be confirmed, Latin America.

If you would like to attend a workshop, please register your interest at

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