MSC might improve requirements around ghost gear in their certification

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is considering an improvement of their MSC Fisheries Standard requirements around ghost gear. This could increase requirements of knowledge on gear loss and the impact of lost gear on habitats, ecosystems and species of concern.

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Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), which is an international non-profit organization working towards recognize and reward good practice by certify fisheries with a sustainable management practice. They are now considering improving requirements around ghost gear through the MSC Fisheries Standard which emphasis on minimizing the environmental impact. The suggestion is to increase requirements of knowledge towards gear loss and the impact of this lost gear on habitats, ecosystems or species of concern.

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Increased focus on the challenges of marine litter from the consumer side of fish and fish products is also well known to responsible government agencies. A growing demand for documentation and knowledge of routines and requirements in the fishing fleet is seen. This, in order to ensure that fishing gear is handled in a manner that reduces the risk of these becoming marine litter and ghost gear.