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Certifying sustainable fisheries.

Certification to the Marine Stewardship Council’s Sustainable Fishing Standard (MSC) recognises fisheries that are both well managed and sustainable.

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With over 100 species assessed to date and a 40% market share, LRQA is the market leader in the certification of sustainable fisheries and food processors against the MSC Standards.

Certification to MSC Sustainable Fishing Standards is comprehensive and entails both a pre-assessment and full assessment, as well as ongoing annual surveillance audits of certified fisheries. The standard reflects the most up-to-date understanding of internationally accepted fisheries science and management.

Assessments cover three core principles which fisheries must meet – sustainable fish stocks, minimising environmental impact and effective fisheries management.

Benefits of MSC Certification

Proven sustainability

With increased consumer demand for sustainability-certified and traceable seafood, MSC certification can help you enhance your reputation and provide a pathway for improvements.

Consumer preference

Tap into a growing area of consumer interest and open your product up to a broader market and opportunities.

Competitive edge

Differentiate yourself from competitors who do not follow best practice, while promoting sustainable fishing in parallel.

Need help with MSC Food Certification?

LRQA has long recognised and supported the need for increased sustainability across the seafood supply chain. With a track record delivering MSC certification and over 100 species assessed, we can work with you whether you are new to the standard and looking for a pre-assessment; or hoping to transfer your certification from another provider.

We also have a team who specialise in fishery improvement projects that can work with you to put the processes in place for more sustainable fishing practices.

Why work with us?

Technical expertise

LRQA offers customers assessments for an unmatched range of species and fishery type. We’re experts not only in fish but also fishery systems, vessels and the geographic constraints our customers face.

Sector focus

With 40% market share and over 100 species assessed, LRQA can meet your needs, whatever your requirements and fishery location. We offer fisheries, aquaculture producers and seafood processors a range of internationally-recognised audits and inspections covering everything from food safety to quality.

*Acoura Marine holds this accreditation. Acoura is a member of the LRQA Group


We maintain our impartiality by proactively managing conflicts of interest across all LRQA businesses including those which may exist between consultancy and third-party certification services. Click here to learn more

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