Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

certification program

On 14 March 2017 the GSSI Steering Board announced its recognition of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). On 30 January 2024, MSC was recognized under version 2.0 of the Global Benchmark Tool.

GSSI’s recognition shows that the Marine Stewardship Council, with Fisheries Standard Version 2.1 (Issued 2018), is in alignment with all Essential Components of the Global Benchmark Tool. The Tool is grounded in the FAO Guidelines for the Ecolabelling of Fish and Fishery Products from Marine Capture Fisheries and consists of performance areas related to scheme governance, operational management (including chain of custody) and applied wild-capture fisheries audit standards

Scheme Owner

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

Date of Recognition
Scope of Recognition

Fisheries Certification
(MSC Fisheries Certification Requirements and Guidance Version 2.1, effective 2018)

Steering Board Liaison

Sonia Cordera

Independent Experts
  • Bruno Sechet
  • Carlos Sonderblohm
Benchmark Committee Members
  • Christian von Dorrien
  • Sally Surangpimol
  • Jose Crespo
Public Consultation

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Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA)

Date of MOCA Completion: August 23, 2019

The Monitoring of Continued Alignment (MOCA) procedure is a periodic review process where the Scheme provides a full overview of any changes in the Scheme’s ownership, management or the standard itself. This report on the Scheme’s continued implementation is reviewed by independent experts, who make a recommendation on continued recognition of the Scheme.

MSC’s MOCA process was completed on 23rd August 2019 and continued recognition was approved. Read the overview here.

The Independent Experts were:

  • Josie Foster, Director, J Foster Consulting Ltd
  • Dr. Joseph DeAlteris, President, Dealteris Associates Inc.

The Benchmark Committee Members were:

  • Aimee Russillo, Independent Consultant, Liseed Consulting
  • Nigel Peacock, Director, Napfisheries & Aquatic Environment
  • Steve Minor, Managing Partner, Ocean2Table Alaska LLC


Operational Management

(including chain of custody)

Fisheries Certification Standard