The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has released a new report highlighting the positive impact certification can have in delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The MSC Global Impacts Report 2017 details more than a thousand examples of positive change being made by certified fisheries to safeguard fish stocks and marine habitats.
The findings come ahead of the United Nations Oceans Conference, convening in New York this week to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14, which calls for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans.
The MSC report presents governments, industry and NGOs with evidence for credible certification as a powerful tool to catalyse and secure improvements in marine fisheries.
The MSC’s goal is for 20 percent of all wild-caught seafood to come from fisheries engaged in the MSC program by 2020.
The report demonstrates that with the correct incentives and actions, fisheries can achieve the sustainable performance required to meet the SDGs.