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Current stage:

Issue Prioritisation Development Selection Implementation

Improvement overview

With global seaweed production increasing along with demand for certification of the seaweed industry, the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) recognise the importance of having a standard that rewards sustainable seaweed production, and provides a benchmark for improvement.

Current status

Through the ASC-MSC joint Seaweed Standard, we aim to contribute to the health of the world’s aquatic ecosystems by creating a certification standard to for sustainable and socially responsible seaweed harvesting and farming practices.

To ensure the development of this program item is inclusive and robust, we invite interested stakeholders to participate in a series of consultations.

The second round of public consultation has now closed.

The ASC-MSC Seaweed Standard is open from 1 March to 30 April 2017:

The ASC-MSC Seaweed Certification and Accreditation Requirements are open from 15 March to 30 April 2017:

Supporting resources:

Planned work

Interested stakeholders are invited to share their expertise and help us build the Seaweed Standard. Read feedback received during the first round of public consultation:

Consultation events:

Date/timeConsultation topicParticipation method
March 1 – April 30 2017

Second public consultation on:

the final draft of the standard and certification requirements

Online - closed

Thursday 9 March Public webcast

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Thursday 6 April Pubilc Q&A session


To register to participate, please select the best session for you and email .

3–7 Jul 2017 Technical Advisory Board working group (TAB WG) meetings

MSC Office, London, UK

To register to participate as an observer, please email

Aug–Oct 2017 Public consultation

Online – opens August 2017

11–13 Dec 2017 Technical Advisory Board (TAB) meeting

Merida, Mexico

To register to participate as an observer, please email .


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