|Marine Stewardship Council
The MSC has introduced a voluntary code of conduct, based on three principles:
Permission to use the MSC logo on fish products requires independent verification that the product is exclusively derived from an MSC-certified fishery, no matter how long that supply chain from fishing vessel to consumer. A Chain of Custody Certificate provides this verification.
More info? www.msc.org.
My comment is that this scheme is well intentioned, and useful. However, it should be seen as the start of an evolving process to increase sustainability and lower environmental impact in the operations of commercial fisheries. Principles focused on minimising by-catch, minimising destruction of habitat, and facilitating accountability (through full and honest disclosure, and reporting of quality control procedures and outcomes) are, in my opinion, urgently needed. Jon Nevill.