MSC: Global impacts report (2013)

Sustainable hake fishery in South Africa © Warren Smart, Marine Stewardship Council

This is MSC’s first formal Monitoring and Evaluation report, released in 2013. It is a quantitative evaluation, looking fishery performance on stock status, impact on the ecosystem and management effectiveness. Results in the report are based on Performance Indictor (PI) scores assigned by Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) to each specific fishery during the assessment process.

Key highlights from the report are:

  • “Across all 31 MSC Performance Indicators (PI), the proportion of fisheries that meet or exceed the MSC required ‘best practice’, reaching a score of 80 (on a scale of 60-100), has been generally increasing since 2008.”
  • “There are now 188 certified fisheries, with 106 more in different stages of the assessment process. Almost 1100 action plans have been developed and almost 400 have been completed since 1999, delivering improvements across 101 fisheries.”
  • “MSC certification is still gaining importance as a market-based tool as shown by an increase in number of certified fisheries (390 per cent), chain of custody certificates (180 per cent), and ecolabelled products in the market (710 per cent) since 2008.”
  • “The MSC program is gaining recognition from consumers. Logo recognition and recall has generally increased between 2010 and 2012. Purchasing behaviour in some countries has also seen a boost, reflecting consumers’ positive response to seafood sustainability claims.”
  • “The MSC’s Chain of Custody program provides a high level of integrity and assurance related to labelling of seafood products. DNA testing conducted in 2012 (381 samples) indicated an overall mislabelling rate for MSC ecolabelled products of less than 1 per cent, based on both population and species-level tests.”

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Posted on 12/02/2016

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