Current stage:

Issue Prioritisation Development Selection Implementation

Improvement overview

The MSC is reviewing how it currently defines the Units of Assessment (UoA) in MSC certified fisheries and its application within MSC assessments. In June 2017, the MSC hosted a round table discussion with more than 40 stakeholders representing Non-Government Organisations (NGOs), Fisheries, Academia, Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), brands and retailers to start investigating this issue.

Current status

As of August 2018 the MSC Board of Trustees has re-opened its review of the MSC's Unit of Assessment requirements following feedback received during consultation. Subsequently, there will be further opportunity for consultation in the future.

The MSC initiated a review of its UoA requirements in response to concerns that the current rule allows a vessel to catch fish from the same stock using both certified and uncertified fishing gear or catch methods on a single trip, potentially undermining the theory of change.

In June 2018, the Board of Trustees instructed the MSC Executive to undertake further development, including an impact assessment, of proposed changes to the requirements regarding this issue.

Previous activities

March 2018  the second public consultation for this program development

September 2017  the first public consultation for this program development

Planned work

Interested stakeholders are invited to contribute to the development of this work using opportunities detailed in the t