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Unit of Assessment

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: Selection
Date started: 01 June 2017

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

Expedited audits

For certified fisheries, an expedited audit is triggered outside the standard annual surveillance audits when certification bodies are in the possession of new information that could affect the scoring.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Selection
Date started: 07 November 2018

Shark finning

In December 2011, the MSC Board of Trustees resolved that shark finning (the removal of a shark’s fins and disposal of the remaining carcass at sea) is prohibited in MSC certified fisheries. This project will consider how shark finning is addressed within the Standard to ensure that all relevant areas adequately ensure that certified fisheries are free of shark finning.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Selection
Date started: 01 January 2019

Fisheries Standard Review

Every five years, the MSC initiates a Fisheries Standard Review (FSR).

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Development
Date started: 25 November 2018

Fishery Traceability

This program improvement looks at the known and perceived limitations of the MSC fishery traceability, and discussed the issues at the start of the MSC supply chain.

Category: Chain of custody
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 February 2013

Product Provenance and Key Data Elements (KDEs)

As global supply chain practices evolve, the MSC is seeking to improve its Chain of Custody by introducing requirements to pass on information relating to fisheries consistently across the supply chain.

Category: Chain of custody
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 June 2016

Labour requirements for fisheries and supply chains

The MSC is developing requirements for labour practices in fisheries and supply chains to assure MSC certified seafood supplies are operating at international accepted norms and free from unacceptable labour practices.

Category: Overarching
Stage: Development
Date started: 01 April 2016

The MSC Assurance Review

Category: Overarching
Stage: Selection
Date started: 30 June 2017