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The improvement left this stage on 30 September 2014; view the current state.

Improvement overview

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Principle 1 covers the status and management of those ‘target stocks’ proposed for certification and the application of the MSC logo. Two program areas in ‘P1’ have been undertaken within the 2013-14 Fishery Standard Review (FSR): Principle 1 clarifications and Metapopulations.

The Principle 1 clarification proposes modifications to the content and structure of the default assessment tree for Principle 1. The purpose of these changes is to confirm MSC's intent on the 'bar' applied to Principle 1 species and to increase Conformity Assessment Body (CAB) consistency in scoring fisheries.

The Metapopulations paper describes the complications that may arise in the management of fisheries that target stocks comprised of interconnected local populations. The paper does not propose any new requirements, but rather the addition of some explanatory guidance for the assessments of such fisheries. The guidance emphasises how the uncertainties in these situations should be considered in the harvest control rule (HCR), information and stock assessment Performance Indicators (PIs) in Principle 1 (1.2.2, 1.2.3 and 1.2.4). It also looks at the implications of selecting limited parts of metapopulations within the Unit of Certification.

Current status

This work has been prioritised as one of the MSC Fisheries Standard Review (FSR) program improvements running in 2013-14 Policy Development cycle. Work on this program improvement will follow the activity schedule found under FSR timeline.

Planned work

The late stage consultation for this topic has now closed. A summary of the comments received and how they have been addressed is available. You can also read the full consultation document and revised Certification Requirements (CR) to find out the proposals for improvements.

A full draft of the new MSC CR version 2.0 incorporating outcomes from the review is now nearing completion.The MSC aims to release the new Fisheries Standard in October 2014.

MSC would like to thank everyone for their contribution and continued involvement with the policy development process.