Researching the environmental impacts of the MSC certification programme Global
Marine Stewardship Council - Project Dates:
August 2010 - June 2011
Description of Project:
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) was founded on the principle of recognizing and rewarding the world’s best managed fisheries and sustainable fishing practices and by so doing, create a market incentive for other fisheries to improve their practices. This research is expected to measure specific improvements in fisheries management and practice, reduced environmental impacts and more precautionary approaches that have been delivered as a result of engagement with the MSC Programme, both before a fishery enters formal full assessment, and/or resulting from the certification process, including the development, formation and delivery of action plans attached to certifications.
Poseidon is focusing on the environmental gains made from the pre-assessment stage onwards. This involves examining a large number of pre-assessments that have been undertaken and gone into full assessment and determining what environmental benefits have occurred as a result.