The MSC monitoring and evaluation program works to understand the environmental and social impacts of the MSC. It also provides the scientific foundation for a consistent, research-based program.
Good monitoring and evaluation is needed to verify whether our program is delivering the impacts promised by the MSC label.
Monitoring and evaluating our impact
Our monitoring and evaluation team:
- Analyses the environmental and social impacts of MSC certified fisheries.
- Provides evidence for decision making as the MSC improves the Fisheries and Chain of Custody Standards.
- Communicates the most up-to-date scientific understanding of fish stocks, fisheries management best practice and seafood certification.
What information do we use?
MSC collects information about the program, including data from fishery certification certificates, descriptive data and scores for every performance indicator. These are publicly available in our Track a Fishery portal.
External databases, including the RAM Legacy Database, FAO global capture production database and ICES stock assessment database, validate conclusions based on third-party accredited certifiers’ reports.
We look for evidence, whether it’s good, bad or neutral. This evidence is not always easy to find, and it is not always obvious if certification is a key contributing factor in a change. Ocean ecosystems are incredibly complex and it’s difficult to disentangle the role of the MSC in improving the state of ecosystems by modifying fishers' behaviour.
The way we look at data is designed to be rigorous, to account for information gaps and to ask the right questions. Despite this, we acknowledge that bias is hard to avoid, so we make our evaluation methodologies and data available to all.
Meeting ISEAL requirementsMSC Monitoring and Evaluation Framework
ISEAL represents the global movement of sustainability standards. As part of the ISEAL standard setting community, we meet the detailed monitoring and evaluation requirements set by the ISEAL code of best practice.
Take a look at our Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.