Volume 72

Challenges and Successes in Small-Scale Fisheries in the Marine Stewardship Council’s Program

Hawk, M
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Date: November, 2019

Pages: 114-115

Event: Proceedings of the Seventy-Two Annual Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute

City: Punta Cana

Country: Dominican Republic


The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) program is a market-based program which aims to reward sustainable fisheries in the marketplace. Several Caribbean small-scale fisheries have entered the MSC program with varying degrees of success over its 20 year history, including Sian Kaan spiny lobster and Bahamian spiny lobster. Small-scale fisheries specifically often have a more difficult time securing funding and support to become MSC certified. This presentation explores the various fisheries that have engaged in the program and why they were or were not successful. It will also explore the MSC Standard's engagement with small-scale fisheries and what that engagement is likely to look like in the future

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