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MSC reopens Unit of Assessment Review August 06,2018   |  Source: World Fishing

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Board of Trustees has re-opened its review of the MSC’s Unit of Assessment requirements following feedback by NGOs and industry.

The original policy decision, in January 2018, was due to be finalised in August. However, a consultation with more than 50 interest groups found the majority did not favour the chosen solution, with many concerned that it would be difficult to operationalise. Consequently, the Board has instructed the MSC to investigate alternative options over the next six months and produce a new solution which will be presented for formal consultation.

Dr Rohan Currey, MSC Fisheries Standard director, explained “it has become clear that there are many practical challenges to implementing the proposed revision to MSC’s Unit of Assessment requirements.

“In particular, the likelihood that such rules could negatively impact on developing world and small-scale fisheries. MSC is therefore reopening the review and is committed to working with our stakeholders to find the right solution to this highly-complex challenge.”

In its decision of 19 January, the MSC Board decided that, certified seafood would only enter MSC certified supply chains if it came from fishing trips on which all activities on the target stock


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