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Thursday, June 27 • 15:00 - 16:30
Bainstorm Session: The systemic impacts of the Marine Stewardship Council: socio-economic effects of fisheries certification.

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Chaired by: Van Putten, I. (CSIRO)

The systemic impacts of the Marine Stewardship Council: socio-economic effects of fisheries certification

Amanda Lejbowicz & Katie Longo

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an internationally renowned fisheries certification program, initiated to contribute to efforts to reduce unsustainable fishing and to safeguard seafood supplies for the future. A key, but unexplored, attribute of the program is the multi-stakeholder process that is typical of most fisheries engaging in the process. We argue that this component of program plays a key role in engendering improvement in fisheries. 
The experience of the last 20 years has shown that successful fisheries certification processes and high performing improvement projects are characterised by active collaboration and formal partnerships between stakeholders, including fishers, processors, retailers, government, NGOs and scientists. The consequence of it has been the implementation of actions driving improvements in the management of many fisheries, with some progressing to become certified.
However, the socio-economic benefits that result from the multi-stakeholders partnerships during certification processes and fisheries improvement projects are still underexplored. Non-market incentives, such as investment opportunities, increased collaboration among stakeholders or improved transparency in the fisheries management are among the unintended aspects of the MSC certification that we invite a diverse range of experts to brainstorm on. Their experience with fisheries of different sizes and natures will bring new angles of reflexion about the potential of the MSC to be used as a tool, not only to preserve or restore fisheries, but also to drive socio-economic improvements in fisheries.

Thursday June 27, 2019 15:00 - 16:30 CEST
REC A2.08 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam