MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (MSC)
Since 1999, the Marine Stewardship Council works to tip global seafood markets towards sustainability by certifying responsibly managed wild-caught fish, and making sustainable seafood globally available.
The MSC wild fisheries certification scheme continues to transform the global seafood market. Over 25,000 products carry the MSC ecolabel. Over 335 fisheries are engaged in the MSC programme. Together, these fisheries land over 10 million metric tons of seafood annually, or about 11% of global wild harvest. For the most recent information, see the MSC website
Most recent data from MSC and FAO suggest that 52% of global whitefish
production, and 12.65% of global tuna
production are MSC certified (based on available data August 2013).
Find out more about WWF’s Smart Fishing Initiative
, which works with fishers, fisheries managers, seafood traders and retailers to reform commercial marine fisheries towards long-term sustainability – where seafood is harvested in a way that sustains and protects the marine environment, the species within it, and the people who depend on them.
Read the most recent MSC facts and figures
and find out how solutions developed to satisfy MSC criteria have become legal requirements in the South African whitefish industry and companies can lobby Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) for better tuna management practices.