MSC advances policy development

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SeafoodSource staff

Published on
January 19, 2011

The Marine Stewardship Council board of trustees and technical advisory board (TAB) on Wednesday announced that it completed four days of meetings where they continued policy development work on the quality and consistency of the MSC’s fisheries and chain-of-custody certification program.

“These were the most strategic and content-rich meetings of the two governance bodies we had yet,” said MSC CEO Rupet Howes. “The outcomes of the meetings are crystal-clear evidence of the MSC’s commitment to maintaining the high level of quality in our global program and in making sure we are well positioned for the twists and turns of the future.”

The board and TAB agreed to act on 10 priority issues. The issues include:

• An update on the MSC’s strategic plan

• Commissioning an external governance review over the first half of 2011

• Development work to extend the MSC’s chain-of-custody and logo-license program services to other organizations to provide efficiencies for partners in the seafood supply chain

• Review of MSC’s principles and criteria for sustainable fishing

• Approving a standardized framework for pre-assessments

• New requirements for key data on a fisheries performance and environmental impacts in the MSC program

• Rebuilding timeframes for depleted fisheries, a new requirement that all conditions of a certification are set with annual milestones

• Approval of a pilot program to develop assessment protocols for wild fisheries based on non-native, introduced species, where the introduced species are irreversible, self-sustaining and meet other specific criteria

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