Current stage:

Development
Issue Prioritisation Development Selection Implementation

Improvement overview

The MSC’s current requirements (Fisheries Certification Requirements version 2.0) are subject to interpretation in terms of which species should be considered under the Endangered, Threatened and Protected (ETP) requirements; and how outcome and management Performance Indicator (PIs) should be scored when there are/are not national and international limits or requirements for protection and rebuilding.

The MSC requirements need to take into account situations in a range of national and international instruments to protect ETP species; and to ensure that requirements and guidance reflect these.

In order to make the ETP requirements clearer, the MSC Executive plans to undertake a study reviewing national ETP legislation from different regions, international agreements, other international groups that might influence management of ETP species. This study will also be used to review the requirements in the next Fisheries Standard Review and draft appropriate guidance on when and how to score an ETP species.

Current status

This issue has been prioritised for further work in the Fisheries Standard Review.

Planned work

The MSC Executive will undertake a study reviewing selected national ETP legislation from different regions, international agreements, and other international groups that might influence management of ETP species and species groups that are susceptible to impacts from fisheries.

Information to be collected includes the legal standings of the instruments, how species are categorised within the instruments, what the different categories mean for levels of protection, and what protection measures are in place - particularly if there are any quantitative limits set on mortalities of the species.

Available documents

No documents are currently available.