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This page describes the state of the program improvement in the past.
The improvement left this stage on 31 January 2013; view the current state.

Improvement overview

The scope criteria implemented in 2008 for enhanced fishery assessments identify what fisheries may be considered as within the scope of the MSC program. For some types of enhanced fisheries specific and additional guidance is required to enable the proper assessment of their particular characteristics against the MSC standard.

For Salmon special characteristics needing particular consideration are multi-stock structure, and effects of stocking of hatchery-reared fish.

MSC has in the past allowed fisheries to make controlled modifications to the default assessment tree for enhanced salmon fisheries, but has also been working for some time on the development of a single special assessment tree for salmon.  The use of such a standard assessment tree will ensure that the unique impacts of these fisheries are assessed consistently by certifiers in all MSC salmon fisheries.

The aim of this policy item is to standardise Certification Requirements for enhanced salmon fisheries, consistent with international best practice, in order to contribute to achieving consistent, credible, and robust assessments of these fisheries against the MSC standard.

Current status

Following a series of drafting and research projects, and expert consultations taking place in early 2012, the draft assessment tree for salmon was open to full public consultation over the period July - October.  This period was longer than the consultations being held on other topics in recognition of the complexity of this issue, and the timing of this period over the main salmon fishing seasons in the North Pacific. The MSC thoroughly reviewed all comments received and identified a few key areas for further development within the assessment tree for salmon and its associated guidance.

Planned work

The updated requirements and guidance will be submitted to MSC’s Technical Advisory Board (TAB) for consideration in April 2013 and undergo another reduced public consultation in May 2013.  Depending on a final sign off process, the new requirements may then available by June 2013 for salmon fisheries entering reassessment or those entering assessment in the latter half of 2013. Implementation arrangements for new and existing MSC salmon fisheries will be published at that time.