Traceable Seafood

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has two global standards, one that assesses the sustainability of fisheries and one that ensures that any seafood carrying a claim of MSC certification is in fact from a certified fishery.

This second standard is known as the Chain of Custody standard - a traceability certificate that ensures only seafood from a MSC certified fishery is sold with the MSC ecolabel.  Companies within the supply chain are required to hold this certificate if they wish to use the MSC ecolabel. This includes schools and ensures that the MSC certified sustainable dishes they serve are traceable to the MSC certified fishery they were caught from.

Traceability is a hot topic in the seafood industry. To ensure the robustness of the MSC programme, the Chain of Custody certificate can only be awarded by third party, accredited, independent auditors.

This traceability standard ensures that consumers and establishments, such as schools, can actively support sustainable fisheries and trust that their purchase of fish displaying the blue MSC ecolabel is helping to restore the health of the world's oceans.

Keeping illegally caught seafood out of the supply chain

The Chain of Custody standard also helps to keep illegally caught fish out of the seafood supply chain. Illegal fishing is a serious problem which damages marine environments, threatens livelihoods and fishing communities around the world and reduces food security for this important protein source. Click here to find out more about the impacts of illegal fishing on

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Sustainable Seafood in School

Fish & Kids is a project of the Marine Stewardship Council, designed to bring sustainable seafood sourcing to schools in the UK.