For many people the ‘Blue Tick’ checkmark of the MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) has become a recognisable benchmark for sustainability in fish and other seafood. We’ve seen it on our supermarket aisles, fresh counters, restaurants and fast-food chains. The MSC was founded in 1997 by Unilever and WWF as a certification scheme for wild fish. Approximately half the fish consumed directly by humans in the world currently is wild and the other half farmed.
The MSC is now THE reference point for sustainable fishery policies of major retailers and brands, with some like Tesco and Carrefour pledging that their wild fish would be 100% certified by a specified date. Originally the MSC was widely supported by NGOs and independent fisheries experts, if not by fishers themselves. The success of the MSC has grown to the point where it now certifies 20% of the world’s marine catch and almost 50% of the world’s tuna catch. However, some in expert circles are increasingly disillusioned and dismayed. This is why we ask the question “where next for seafood sustainability?”
Amy Hammond, Head of Ocean and Blue Economy Practise at Sea Horse Environmental has co-ordinated the On the Hook campaign which for the past 5 years has sought to critique and improve the MSC with a focus on tuna fisheries that are global and beset by a complex interplay of environmental and social problems.
Momo Kochen has extensive experience of working with small scale fisheries in developing countries from Indonesia through to Latin America and is part of the core team in the Sustainable Fisheries Trust (SFACT) that is developing a new initiative to include and engage small scale fisheries in discussions around sustainability with a new better adapted certification program as one of the potential outcomes. Community Catch – a sustainability programme for small-scale fisheries
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21st June 2023
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Impact Hub London