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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

Fisheries Certification Process (FCP) March 2020 release

The MSC is releasing an updated version of the Fisheries Certification Process in March 2020. We are committed to make improvements to ensure fishery assessments are robust and efficient.

Category: Fisheries
Stage: Selection
Date started: 01 September 2017

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

The MSC Assurance Review

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