Chilean mussels and Swedish mussels (pictured) both became MSC certified in 2013

Sustainable fisheries production has moved to the forefront of marketing agendas throughout global supply chains and is increasingly important in consumer choice.

Several third party independent schemes are available to certify fisheries as sustainable. One of the best established and most rigorous is the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). Poseidon staff are team leaders and principle experts throughout pre-assessment, full assessment, surveillance audit, re-assessment and chain of custody. We work with a range of Certification Bodies as well as providing direct advice to fishing industry organisations, NGOs and government departments.

Examples of recent MSC certified fisheries involving Poseidon assessors include (in chronological order): Western Australian Exmouth Gulf prawn trawl and Shark Bay prawn trawl, Greenland Lumpfish, Greenland Cod, Haddock and Saithe,Swedish Mussels,Dutch Cockles, Scottish Mussels, Australian Northern prawn, Fiji long line albacore tuna, Shetland inshore scallop and crab fisheries, PNA purse seine skipjack tuna, Spencer Gulf king prawn, Eastern Baltic cod targeted by German, Danish and Swedish fleets, Danish North Sea and Skagerrak saithe, Scottish North Sea haddock, Dutch North Sea plaice and Hastings Dover sole .

Poseidon has pioneered the development of Fisheries Improvement Plans (FIP) for a number of fisheries seeking MSC certification. The FIP provides technical advice in the development of fisheries planning and management systems with the long term goal of achieving MSC certification. An outline of the process is summarised in the powerpoint presentation given at the MSC workshop in Bali in 2014 drawing from lessons learned in FIP design in SE Asian fisheries (See reports). Poseidon has also designed a modular FIP technical training course for WWF CTI to be applied to experts to selected Asian countries.

In addition to established capture fisheries schemes, Poseidon can offer advice and assistance in achieving certification for sustainable aquaculture. This includes identifying constraints to environmental and social sustainability, assessment for the forthcoming Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) standard, as well as looking at value-adding opportunities such as organic production.

The Poseidon team collectively offer a unique range of expertise in stock assessment, governance and ecosystem management that can support an array of certification schemes. Please see adjacent project listings for specific examples or contact us directly for further details.