MRAG Americas, Inc. is accredited to conduct third party sustainable fishery certifications in accordance with the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing. These Principles and Criteria (and the corresponding scoring guideposts) are the guidelines against which client fisheries are rated. To receive certification, a client fishery must meet or exceed the minimum standards for 1) stock assessment and stock status, 2) ecosystem impacts, and 3) fishery management system.
Certification of a fishery under the MSC environmental standards for sustainable and well-managed fisheries demonstrates that the fish product comes from a fishery that is well managed and harvested at sustainable rates. The MSC authorizes the use of its logo as a label on certified products to reward environmentally responsible fishery management and practices. Consumers, concerned about overfishing and its environmental and social consequences, will increasingly be able to choose seafood products based on sustainability of the fishery resource. Consumers can have confidence that the product labelled with the MSC ecolabel has not contributed to overfishing or environmental destruction.
MRAG Ltd and MRAG Americas (as the accredited certifier) have a long history of successful fisheries certifications, having participated as a member on several assessment teams or advising clients undergoing certification. MRAG has for example been critical in the completed certifications of the South Georgia toothfish fishery, Sian Ka’an and Banco Chinchorro spiny lobster fishery, Heard Island icefish, and Bering Sea longline cod. In addition, MRAG staff took part in the preparation of a detailed advisory paper prior to the certification of the Alaska pollock fishery and provided advice on the revised performance indicators and scoring guideposts for the re-assessment of New Zealand hoki.
MRAG have a number of qualified in-house and external fisheries assessment team leaders and members available to conduct MSC fisheries assessments. Where fisheries are unlikely to meet the MSC Standard, MRAG has facilitated a number of time-bound Fisheries Improvement Projects (FIPs).
NB: Please note that due to the commercial nature of these activities project sheets for individual certification are not available for this service area.