Public Consultation: Benchmark Report for the MSC


On 10 November GSSI launched a four week public consultation on the Benchmark Report for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

MSC applied for GSSI recognition and has been benchmarked against the GSSI Global Benchmark Tool on:

  • Section A (Governance),
  • Section B (Operational Management),
  • and Section D (Fisheries Certification Standard).

The public consultation closed on 8 December and GSSI says thank you to all stakeholders for their active participation.

The Benchmark Committee, together with the Independent Experts and MSC, will now review and address all comments that were received. GSSI's Benchmark Committee then provides the Steering Board with a final recommendation on recognition. All comments and responses will be made publicly available after the GSSI Steering Board's final decision on recognition.

For more information on the Benchmark Process have a look at our factsheet.


About the MSC

The MSC was created in 1997 when two global organisations, WWF and Unilever, came together with the common vision of improving the sustainability of the world’s fisheries. Together they founded the MSC – an international non-profit organisation set up to help transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis. Between 1997 and 1999, the MSC consulted over 200 scientists, environmentalists and stakeholders to establish a worldwide certification system for fisheries using environmentally sustainable practices. The MSC works with fishers, seafood companies, scientists, conservation groups and the public to promote fisheries best practices through its certification program and seafood ecolabel.