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Sustainable Seafood

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)


The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an international non-profit organization. MSC Certification contributes to the health of the world’s oceans by recognizing and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood and working to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis.

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) fisheries and MSC Chain of Custody (CoC) standards help companies and organisations to promote and identify wild caught fish as sustainable and well managed. The MSC certification process covers fish caught from ‘vessel to plate’ and across the whole supply chain.

The Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) principles and criteria for sustainable fishing were developed in 1999 as a method for promoting sustainable fisheries. The MSC standard applies to wild-capture fisheries only – whatever their size, type or location. The MSC’s standard for determining environmentally sustainable, well-managed fisheries centres around three main principles: the condition of the fish stock, the fishery’s impact on the surrounding ecosystem and the effectiveness and performance of the fishery’s management system. To ensure that a fishery’s products are sold correctly from boat to plate, the scheme is also supported by the MSC Chain of Custody (CoC) standard. This provides rules for the purchase, processing and sale of certified products.

The principles of the MSC Chain of Custody are:

  1. Purchasing from a certified supplier
  2. Certified products are identifiable
  3. Certified products are segregated
  4. Traceability and volumes are recorded
  5. Organisation has a management system

How you benefit


MSC labelled products may have better access to markets. There is a tendency for more robust management plans by following MSC standards because of increasing consumer preference for environmentally and socially labelled products.

Control Union Peru, is a certification body that carries out inspections, audits, verifications and certifications of various programs. It is accredited by ASI (Accreditation Services International) for the ASC and MSC CoC programs.

Control Union Peru has a staff of qualified auditors worldwide, allowing us to make our work more efficient and profitable for our clients.

If you would like more information, please contact any of the local Control Union offices or click here and to read our Terms & Conditions click here