1. WHO ARE THE MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL & WHAT DO YOU DO?
The MSC is an international charity. Our vision is for the world’s oceans to be teeming with life, with seafood supplies safeguarded for this and future generations. Our seafood labelling and certification program helps consumers to recognise and reward sustainable fishing and is helping create a more sustainable seafood market.
2. WHAT DOES THE MSC ECO LABEL MEAN?
The MSC label on a fish or a seafood product means that the seafood comes from a wild-catch fishery with environmentally sustainable fishing practices. It can also be traced back to a sustainable source.
3. WHY IS SUSTAINABLE FISHING SO IMPORTANT?
Fishing has an impact on our marine environment. However you fish. And it's not just fish stocks that are affected, there are a number of factors that all need to be looked after to keep the oceans healthy and productive. The impacts are hugely complex and vary from one fishery, or one boat, to the next.
4. HOW DO FISHERIES BECOME SUSTAINABLE?
An independent team of scientists assesses each fishery (set of boats) against the MSC’s environmental sustainability standards. Full assessment takes around 18 months and once granted, certification lasts for 5 years, although the fishery will get a yearly check-up to make sure it is on track with its improvements.
5. ANY ADVICE TO CUSTOMERS?
You can play your part in helping to keep our oceans healthy by always looking for our MSC eco label when you buy your fish products for you and your pet