Chapter 4. The Marine Stewardship Council Programme

  1. Dr Trevor Ward2 and
  2. Prof. Bruce Phillips3
  1. Rupert Howes

Published Online: 20 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301380.ch4

Seafood Ecolabelling: Principles and Practice

Seafood Ecolabelling: Principles and Practice

How to Cite

Howes, R. (2008) The Marine Stewardship Council Programme, in Seafood Ecolabelling: Principles and Practice (eds T. Ward and B. Phillips), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301380.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia

  2. 3

    Department of Environmental Biology, Curtin University of Technology, GPO Box U1987, Perth, WA 6845, Australia

Author Information

  1. Marine Stewardship Council, 3rd Floor Mountbarrow House, 6-20 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9RB, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 19 SEP 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405162661

Online ISBN: 9781444301380



  • consumer awareness - supply of MSC-labelled seafood;
  • guidelines for assessment of small-scale and data-deficient (GASSDD);
  • Fishery Certification Methodology (FCM);
  • stakeholder council (STC);
  • chain of custody;
  • ecological case - MSC certification;
  • MSC's overarching mission - MSC's overarching mission stocks;
  • technical advisory board (TAB) - standards, logo license and chain of custody;
  • His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • The MSC background and history

  • How the MSC programme works

  • The MSC vision and mission

  • Progress to date

  • The ecological case

  • Proof of concept

  • Strengthening the fishery assessment process

  • Traceability and assurance in the supply chain

  • Developing world programme

  • System of governance

  • The MSC's future

  • References