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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification

SGS’s Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification services ensure compliance with internationally-recognized standards covering sustainable fishing and seafood traceability (through Chain of Custody Certification) for wild caught fish.

MSC Fisheries Certification

We audit fresh water and marine fisheries against the MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing, which is based upon the Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing issued by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Certification remains valid for five years – subject to annual surveillance audits – and covers three key areas:

  • Sustainability of the stock
  • Maintenance of the ecosystem
  • Effectiveness of the fishery management system

MSC Chain of Custody

Before a seafood product can carry the MSC eco-label, the fishery must acquire the MSC Fisheries Certification. In addition, all companies in the supply chain that take ownership of the product must acquire the MSC Chain of Custody Certification. This includes distributors, wholesalers, manufacturers, pack houses, traders, retailers, catering organizations and restaurants.

Each company audited must demonstrate that it has effective traceability systems in place to ensure that only seafood from a certified fishery carries the MSC logo. This helps to prevent illegally-caught fish entering the supply chain, and/or the mislabeling of products and species substitution. The MSC Chain of Custody Certification is valid for three years and subject to annual reviews.

Contact SGS to find out how we can help you comply with MSC standards and encourage consumer confidence in your products and operations.

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