MSC Certification

Sustainable Fisheries for a Healthy Marine Ecosystem

India with a coast line of 8055 Kms, supports millions of people in the fishery sector and contributes significantly to the national and state GDP. However Marine fisheries production has reached a plateau and only marginal increase can be predicted in future.
Nearly 85% of fisheries in India is contributed by the small scale sector. Historically small scale sector fisheries has been stable vis-a-vis mechanised sector, Recent trends however show that due to unsuitable fishing methods, the catches have declined and resulted in extensive damage to the ecosystem. As small scale fisheries are community based ,adoption of management of fisheries in India represents a significant milestone towards management and improving stocks of fishes.

WWF’s Community Based Certification programme can help small scale fisheries through the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification process. This programme has grown and includes over 15 projects world wide and with WWF’s global network of organisations and its partnership with local NGO’s, the Community Fisheries Programme is well equipped to facilitate MSC certification of small scale fisheries in both developed and developing countries. This has shown great success in a few short years.

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Key Contact

  • Vinod Malayilethu

    Senior Coordinator

    WWF India,

    +91 484 6562760

What is MSC Certification ?

Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a non-profit organisation established to promote sustainable fisheries and responsible fishing practices worldwide. The MSC has developed a logo that informs consumers that when they buy seafood products with a MSC logo, they are supporting healthier oceans and a healthier environment. Only fisheries certified to be sustainable would be using the MSC logo. It indicates that MSC gives thrust towards sustainable marine fisheries by promoting responsible environmentally sound, socially beneficial and economically viable fisheries practices while maintaining the biodiversity, productivity and ecological process of the marine environment. Both the end customer and the fishing industry gain through this certification.