This 2014 report presents indicators for MSC program performance and program strategy and highlights some of the improvements made by fisheries in the MSC program. 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.
One highlight from the report is that “the proportion of fisheries in the MSC program that are maintained at or above maximum sustainable yield levels has increased (from 80 per cent in 2009 to 94 per cent in 2013) due to two factors: an increase in the number of healthy fisheries in the program and an improvement in the stock status of certified fisheries due to the implementation of stock rebuilding measures and strategies.”
It also finds “the proportion of fisheries in the MSC program with habitat and ecosystem impacts at or above best practice has increased from 71 per cent in 2009 to 82 per cent in 2013, meaning the proportion of fisheries with very low impacts has risen”. Also related to conservation is the finding that “no certified fisheries cause serious or irreversible harm to Endangered, Threatened and Protected (ETP) species and the proportion of those with scores at or above best practice has increased from 73 per cent in 2009 to 88 per cent in 2013, mostly due to improvements in data collection and research of potential impacts of fishing, and changes in fishing operations and gear to avoid unacceptable impacts.”
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