MSC has launched its updated standard for sustainable fishing on 1 October 2014.
Version 2.0 of the MSC's Fisheries Certification Requirements (FCRv2.0) reflects the most up-to-date understanding of fishery science and management practices. FCRv2.0 raises the bar for a number of important issues to ensure fisheries certified against the MSC standard by continuing to incorporate the latest research and fishery practices into its standard development.
The topics that were updated are summarized in the table below:
Increased clarity of the requirements and consistency of scoring by conformity assessment bodies (CABs), including:
New requirements have been introduced for fisheries to:
To simplify the MSC assessment process and increase CAB consistency in scoring:
|Two new methodologies have been added to the RBF: the Consequence Analysis (CA) and the Consequence Spatial Analysis (CSA)
|Shark Finning||MSC requirements now prohibit shark finning; and a fishery will be scored on the level of certainty that shark finning is not taking place|
To provide additional guidance and clarity to three sections:
|Read the full summary on the changes following the FSR >|
In addition, the MSC undertook a Speed and Cost Review (SCR) in parallel to the Fisheries Standard Review (FSR), where reductions on the time, cost and complexity of certification have also been incorporated into the new FCRv2.0.
The updated fisheries standard was developed during 2013 - 2014. The FSR involved a year-long consultation with over 80 stakeholders spanning from fishing industry experts, scientists, NGOs and MSC's wide network of partners globally. The MSC’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB) and Board of Trustees (BoT) approved the release of the updated fisheries standard and FCRv2.0.
The revised requirements issued on 1 October 2014 will become effective on 1 April 2015.
- All assessments (first assessment, surveillance audits, certificate extensions and re-assessments) that commence after 1 April 2015 will have to use the new process requirements from FCRv2.0.
- First full assessments that are announced after the effective date will have to use the new fisheries standard (performance requirements) from FCRv2.0 in addition to the new process.
- Existing fisheries (in assessment or certified) will have to apply the new standard at their first re-assessment commencing after 1 October 2017.
- Any fishery may elect to use the new process and performance requirements from publication (1 October 2014) if they wish and conformity assessment bodies (CABs) can confirm their readiness to apply.
MSC would like to thank everyone for their contribution and continued involvement with the policy development proce
The following list opportunities to learn more about the updated fisheries standard:
||Release of FCRv2.0
||Public, available online
|8 October||Release of updated forms, templates, change tracking spreadsheet & master list based on FCRv2.0
||Public, available online|
|20 October||CABs webinar event||Remotely
To register to participate, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|1 April 2015
||FCRv2.0 becomes effective||Public|