Current stage:

Issue Prioritisation Development Selection Implementation

Improvement overview

Traceability at the fishery and throughout the supply chain ensures labelled seafood can be traced back to an MSC certified sustainable source.

Since the improved requirements for traceability at the fishery, released in version 2.0 of the Fisheries Certification Requirements (FCR), the MSC has identified further areas for improvement.

These improvements aim to improve traceability reporting in fishery reports, strengthen accountability for traceability risks, and improve the CoC audit process for at-sea activities. They include:

  • The effectiveness of the MSC systems in mitigating risks from some fisheries where there is both risk and motivation for product substitution at sea
  • The lack of clarity of traceability requirements between the fishery at sea and the first point of sale
  • Some mis-identification incidents at sale from fisheries
  • Concern over the lack of transparency of information following at-sea CoC audits

Current status

The MSC is currently developing this project through further research followed by targeted consultations. 

Planned work

The MSC invites interested stakeholders to participate in consultations. This is particularly relevant to fishery clients, auction owners and agents, buyers from fisheries, fishery and Chain of Custody auditors and Accreditation Services International (ASI).

Take a look at our planned work in this project and how you can get involved.