66 Organisations call on Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) to Improve Standards

66 marine conservation organizations, including iSea, animal protection organizations and leading academics recently issued a joint letter to Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) chair Werner Kiene, criticizing the MSC for its failure to improve the label’s Principle 2 (“Environmental and Ecological Impacts”) standards.

In the letter, the signatories condemned the MSC for awarding an increasing number of certifications to fisheries that catch thousands of vulnerable and endangered animals and irreversibly harm vulnerable ocean habitats. This practice, the letter notes, brings into question the credibility of the MSC and misleads consumers who trust the “certified sustainable” label when purchasing seafood.

The groups hope that the MSC view s the letter as an opportunity to accept feedback from a wide range of well – known and respected organizations from across the globe, in order to improve MSC standards and their credibility as the leading seafood certifier in the world.

Find the open letter here and the annex here.