The MSC experience: developing an operational certification standard and a market incentive to improve fishery sustainability.
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Agnew, D. J.
Gutierrez, N. L.
Hoggarth, D. D
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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard for sustainable fisheries is represented by three high-level principles and a set of 31 indicators and scoring guidelines, known as the “default assessment tree”. Over the 14 years, since it was developed in 1999, the MSC has faced the challenge of maintaining its standard at the level of global best practice, keeping up with developments in the science and management of fisheries, and making sure that certified fisheries maintain their performance at that standard, or raise it where they fall below it. The MSC has had to regularly and widely engage with multiple stakeholders to ensure that its policy development is consistent with stakeholder expectations. Although many fisheries have made significant improvements to their performance, sometimes performance has declined, leading to further requirements for improvement. The MSC needed to design a program that balances credibility, accessibility, and improvement to move the world’s fish.....
JournalICES Journal of Marine Science
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.4
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Fish abundance and distribution
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationAgnew, D. J.: Guti´rrez, N. L.: Stern-Pirlot, A. and Hoggarth, D. D. (2014) The MSC experience: developing an operational certification standard and a market incentive to improve fishery sustainability. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 71. pp. 216–225. DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fst091