Facts about MSC:
- Founded in 1996 by WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and Unilever.
- Independent non profit organisation which sets standards for sustainable fishing.
- Standards are based on FAO’s (Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations) “Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishery”.
- FAO: “The right to fish carries with it the obligation to do so in a responsible manner so as to ensure effective conservation and management of the living aquatic resources”.
- The MSC standards are divided into three main principles:
* Principle 1: Sustainable fish stocks
The fishing activity must be at a level which is sustainable for the targeted fish population. Any certified fishery must operate so that fishing can continue indefinitely and is not overexploiting the resources.
* Principle 2: Minimising environmental impact
Fishing operations should be managed to maintain the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem on which the fishery depends.
* Principle 3: Effective management
- The fishery must meet all local, national and international laws and must have a management system in place to respond to changing circumstances and maintain sustainability.
- Currently (august 2015) there are 265 MSC certified fisheries worldwide. Another 108 are undergoing assessment to become certified.
- Close to 10 % of the total harvest of wild caught fish is MSC certified.
- More than 28.000 seafood products worldwide bear the blue MSC ecolabel.
What is the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC)?
Founded in 2010 by WWF and IDH (Dutch Sustainable Trade Initiative) the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) is an independent not for profit organisation with global influence.
ASC aims to be the world's leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood. The ASC's primary role is to manage the global standards for responsible aquaculture, which were developed by the WWF Aquaculture Dialogues.
ASC works with aquaculture producers, seafood processors, retail and foodservice companies, scientists, conservation groups and consumers to:
- Recognise and reward responsible aquaculture through the ASC aquaculture certification programme and seafood label.
- Promote best environmental and social choice when buying seafood.
- Contribute to transforming seafood markets towards sustainability.
Independent non-profit organization which sets standards for sustainable fishing.
ASC aims to be the world's leading certification and labelling programme for responsibly farmed seafood