Who's involved

Many people contribute to the process of improving the MSC’s Certification program. They include...

Stakeholders like you: a large and diverse group that covers anyone with an interest in how fisheries and the supply chain get certified. Biologists and others scientists, fishery clients, environmental NGOs, supply chain, retailers, even governments, consumers — it’s anyone with something to say about the program in general or a suggested issue in particular. See how you can get involved.

Stakeholder Council (StC) : a formal channel through which all stakeholders can provide views to the MSC. The Stakeholder Council provides advice and opinions from a variety of informed perspectives and geographical areas. Who’s on the Stakeholder Council?

Technical Advisory Board (TAB): TAB is an independent, voluntary panel of technical advisers with expertise in key areas such as fishery management, aquatic ecology, certification and accreditation, fish processing, chain of custody, and the seafood trade. The TAB meet annually, commission research and decide together which proposed program improvements should be recommended to the Board of Trustees for implementation as part of the MSC standard. Who’s on the Technical Advisory Board?

Board of Trustees : sets the strategic direction of the MSC, monitors progress and ensures the MSC meets its objectives. It is the governing body of the MSC and meets 4 times a year. The Board is advised by the TAB and Stakeholder Council.

MSC Science and Standards Team: the MSC Science and Standards team does the work of developing options and recommendations on program improvements, based on analysis, background research, and dialogue with stakeholders. For example, if an issue is to be prioritised, a member of the standards team drafts a problem statement to summarize the issue for review by cross-departmental working groups and the Executive Committee of the Senior Management Team.