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NGO coalition Make Stewardship Count eyeing MSC during new review process by Madelyn Kearns June 16,2020   |  Source: SeafoodSource

Make Stewardship Count, an international watchdog group, has vowed to observe the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) review of its global fishery certification standard closely, to see what comes of what the group identified as “critical changes needed” to the certification body’s blue eco-label.

MSC released a list of 16 topics it aims to cover in the latest Fisheries Standard Review, including requirements for ghost gear, low trophic species, shark finning, and endangered, threatened, and protected (ETP) species. Public engagement for the review begins during the week of 15 June, 2020.

Make Stewardship Count, which is comprised of over 90 NGOs and experts dedicated to driving “urgently needed improvements to the MSC standard and certification process,” has issued a list of what it calls “required improvements” backed by research and analysis conducted by non-government organizations and academics.

The group has urged the MSC to ensure several requirements to better its standard and process, including ensuring the full ecological impacts of a certified fishery are assessed and improved and fisheries are not wasteful of marine lives and resources; ensuring the entirety of the certified fishery methods, gear, and catch are sustainable, and that all


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