Responsible and sustainable fishery has become one of the vital issues during the past decades. Inadequate and improper fishery practices are threatening the long-term viability of many ocean ecosystems.
Public awareness and the demand for certified seafood is growing and the use of the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) label and fishery certification program gives the necessary re-assurance that the seafood originates from sustainable fishing practices that contribute to the health of the world’s oceans.
Manufacturers and suppliers who want to guarantee that their seafood originates from sustainable fishery practices and want to pass this guarantee onto the end user, need to provide proof of the origin which is done by way of Chain of Custody (CoC) Certification.
The MSC CoC standard for seafood traceability ensures that the MSC label is only displayed on seafood from a MSC certified sustainable fishery. If a fishery is certified as meeting the MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing, use of the MSC label on seafood products is permitted only where there has been independent verification that the product originates from a certified fishery. An independent certification by Control Union Certifications against the CoC standard provides this verification.