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Risk-Based Framework (RBF) Improvements

The Risk-Based Framework is the MSC's set of precautionary risk-based indicators for assessing data deficient fisheries. This program item investigates further cost, efficiency and accessibility improvements for the framework implemented for version 2.0 of the MSC Fisheries Certification Requirements.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 April 2015

General Fisheries Assessment Process Improvements

This program item looks at a number of issues and opportunities to streamline the certification and assessment process against version 2.0 of the MSC Fisheries Certification Requirements.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 April 2015

Unit of Assessment (UoA)

This program improvement considers the current situation with the application of the Unit of Assessment (UoA) within MSC fishery assessments. Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback in relation to three potential options to the UoA within MSC assessments.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 June 2017

Harmonisation

This improvement topic provides details on the revised Harmonisation process.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 July 2017

Streamlining the fisheries assessment process

This program item aims to streamline the fisheries assessment process. The improvements will maintain or improve certification rigour, ease stakeholder engagement during assessment, and allow greater access for fisheries in achieving MSC certification.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 31 March 2015

MSC Standard Modification for Mixed Fisheries

Exploring options to increase accessibility for Mixed Fisheries to enter the MSC program.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 January 2012

MSC requirements on Endangered, Threatened or Protected (ETP) species

A review of MSC requirements on Endangered, Threatened or Protected (ETP) species and performance indicators

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 12 December 2014

MSC-ASC Seaweed Standard

The MSC and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) are working together to create a joint global standard for certifying seaweed operations. The standard will contribute to the health of world's aquatic ecosystems by promoting environmentally sustainable and socially responsible use of seaweed resources.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Implementation
Date started: 11 December 2013

In Transition to MSC Certification (ITM) Program

The MSC is developing a new program to recognise fisheries that are In Transition to MSC certification (ITM). The program builds on existing MSC tools and initiatives aimed at supporting all fisheries, including pre-MSC, small scale and developing world fisheries, as they take steps towards improving their environmental practices towards MSC certification.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 January 2014

Fishery Suspension Process Review

The fishery certificate suspension process is an important component of the MSC program. The process assures that certified fisheries continue to conform to certification requirements; whilst allowing the suspended fishery an opportunity to undertake important improvements needed to maintain MSC certificate. The review includes the stakeholder communication of suspensions, the timing of suspension decisions and maintenance of good certification practice.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 June 2016

Fishery Team Leader Training

This program item aims to ensure the MSC program is consistent with global best practice by introducing a requirement for ISO 19011 training for Fishery Team Leaders.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Selection
Date started: 01 October 2014

Benthic Impacts: Scoring the Habitat Performance Indicators

As scientific knowledge on benthic habitats and fishing impacts improves, there is a need to review our interpretation of acceptable impacts as assessed with the MSC's certification requirements. For this, a review of best-practice management of and information on impacts to benthic habitats by bottom-contacting fishing gears and their mitigation is necessary.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Prioritisation
Date started: 11 October 2011

Annual Harmonisation for Highly Migratory Species

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 12 October 2015