Marine Stewardship Council

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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is an independent non-profit that states its aim is to "harness consumer purchasing power to generate change and promote environmentally responsible stewardship of the world's most important renewable food source." The MSC was initially established in 1996 by the environmental group WWF and Unilever, "the world's largest buyer of seafood." [1]

The certification by the MSC of fisheries despite scientific evidence disputing the sustainability of the fisheries and over objections from environmentalists has been the source of ongoing controversy. [2]

Fisheries accredited include:


Contact Details

3rd floor
Mountbarrow House
6-20 Elizabeth Street
London SW1W 9RB
Email: info AT
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7811 3300
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7811 3301

MSC OFFICE (Americas) 2110 N. Pacific Street,
Suite 102
Seattle, WA 98103
Email: nancy.gray-keller AT
Tel: + 1 206 691 0188

MSC OFFICE (Asia Pacific) 10/46-48 Urunga Parade
Miranda NSW 2228
Email: Duncan.Leadbitter AT
Tel: + 612 9524 8400
Fax: + 612 9524 8900


Watchdog Site on The MSC

MSC Watchdog

Other SourceWatch Resources


  1. Marine Stewardship Council, "About MSC", accessed December 2007.
  2. Alaska Oceans Program, "Seafood Choices", accessed december 2007.

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