Fisheries certification in the developing world: Locks and keys or square pegs in round holes?

Stratoudakis, Yorgos and McConney, Patrick and Duncanc, John and Ghofard, Abdul and Gitonga, Nancy and Mohamed, K S and Samoilys, Melita and Symington, Keith and Bourillon, Luis (2015) Fisheries certification in the developing world: Locks and keys or square pegs in round holes? Fisheries Research. pp. 1-11.

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    The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is the front runner in fisheries certification, receiving both extensive support and strong criticisms. The increasing uptake by fisheries and markets (almost 10% of world fisheries tonnage engaged by the end of 2014) has been followed by a widening pool of stakeholders interacting with the MSC. However, the applicability of the MSC approach for fisheries in the developing world (DW) remains doubtful, reinforced by a worldwide uptake skewed towards developed world fisheries. Here, a group of MSC stakeholders, with the aid of an ad-hoc questionnaire survey, reviews constraints to MSC certification in DW fisheries, evaluates solutions put forward by the MSC, and recommends actions to improve MSC uptake by DW fisheries. Recommendations to the MSC include researching and bench marking suitable data-limited assessment methods, systematizing and making readily avail-able the experiences of certified fisheries worldwide and constructing specific fisheries capacity-building for regional leaders. The MSC can further review the certification cost, especially for small-scale fisheries and, in partnership with other institutions, mobilize a fund to support specific DW fishery types. This fund could also support the development of market opportunities and infrastructures likely to satisfy local conditions and needs. For wider market intervention, the MSC should consider embarking on some form of vertical differentiation. Finally, for fisheries that may never move towards certification, the group identifies tools and experiences available at MSC that can improve environmental performance and governance bearing.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Fisheries certification; MSC certification; Transnational governance; Environmental standard; Market; Sustainable development
    Subjects: Marine Fisheries
    Divisions: CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
    Subject Area > CMFRI > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
    CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
    Subject Area > CMFRI-Kochi > Marine Capture > Molluscan Fisheries
    Depositing User: Arun Surendran
    Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 10:02
    Last Modified: 15 Dec 2015 09:30

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