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Developing World and small-scale fisheries

The MSC is committed to providing equal access for all fisheries seeking MSC certification. We provide additional tools and guidance for small small-scale and data-deficient fisheries to help them demonstrate that they meet the MSC Fisheries Standard and get certified.

In 2014, fishery exports from developing countries were valued at US$80 billion, higher than all other food commodities combined. Certification under the MSC program will make sure these fisheries are operating sustainably and can contribute to long-term social, environmental and economic benefits in their communities.

Yemi Oloruntuyi, Developing World Program Manager MSC


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