Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
The Lobster fisheries in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec and Prince Edward Island are eco-certified under the standard of MSC.
What is eco-certification?
Environmental certification, or eco-certification, is a form of regulation where fisheries comply with processes set forth by independent certification programs whose eco-labels are applied to products certified under specific standards. As consumer awareness grows and retailers’ demands for sustainable products increases, eco-certification can maintain a fishery’s positive reputation, increase its value, and strengthen its ties to global markets.
What is Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Certification?
The Marine Stewardship Council is an independent non-profit organization that sets a global standard for sustainable and well-managed fisheries. The Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) mission is to use eco-label and fishery certification programs to contribute to the health of the world’s oceans by recognizing and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood and working with partners to transform the global seafood market to a sustainable one.
How does a fishery get MSC certified?
To achieve MSC certification, a client group of industry stakeholders hires an accredited certifier to perform an independent third-party assessment of a fishery. Using science based MSC standards, a team of subject matter experts review the fishery to ensure it maintains sustainable fish stocks, minimizes environmental impacts, and is managed effectively.
For more information please see: www.msc.org