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MSC Ocean News

October 2021


As we arrive firmly in autumn and get ready for winter, our UK & Ireland team has been travelling through what is our busiest period of the year. We’ve delivered our second Sustainable Seafood Week, hosted our Annual Awards and were privileged to visit one of our fantastic, certified fisheries in The Wash.

After so much time working in a virtual world, it’s been brilliant to once again get the stories from our certified fisheries and partners out there and meet up with a few of you again along the way. Do get in touch if you need anything from the UK & Ireland Team!

George Clark
Programme Director, UK & Ireland

MSC UK's 8th Annual Awards Ceremony
MSC UK Awards 2021
On October 7th, 2021, we hosted our annual MSC UK Awards, celebrating outstanding achievements and performance in sustainable fishing and seafood across the UK. The ceremony was streamed from the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth for the 2nd year running. Our winners’ awards were once again made using 3D printing recycled fishing nets from the MSC certified hake fishery in Cornwall.

If you missed it, the director's cut version of the awards ceremony is now live, and all award winners, including those for a number of newly launched categories, can be found on our MSC UK Awards 2021 homepage.
That's a wrap! Sustainable Seafood Week 2021
Across September we ran a nationwide consumer facing campaign showing that it takes all of us, together, to make a real difference to the future of the oceans. Our ‘It’s All Hands on Deck’ themed UK Sustainable Seafood Week, aimed to make seafood sustainability an active and urgent debate, encouraging and moving consumers in the UK to participate by choosing the MSC ecolabel when shopping or dining out.
A big thank you to all of you who came on board and participated, check out our short campaign highlights video below.
Sustainable Seafood Week 2021 highlights 
MSC market updates
Cod fish and chips

Find your nearest sustainable chippy 

However you enjoy your chips, doused in salt and vinegar, smothered with mushy peas or dipped in tartar sauce, it's now more important than ever that they are served with a side of sustainable fish. Fish and chip lovers can now, for the first time, easily find their nearest fish and chip shop serving sustainable seafood from a new digital list. Check out our fish and chip locator for when you're on the road.

Ecolabel certification raises companies share prices 

New research published in Marine Resource Economics demonstrates that ‘it pays to be green’ with certification to handle and sell certified sustainable seafood boosting a companies’ share price. The research from the University of Cantabria, Spain, shows that on average a company’s share price increased by 2.64% following certification.

Good Tide potted shrimp on toast

First ever MSC labelled potted shrimp hits the market 

Hand-Peeled and delicious spread on hot toast, shoppers can now get their hands on the world's first ever MSC labelled potted shrimp product, which is available in Sainsbury’s under The Good Tide brand. Potted shrimps are a traditional British dish made with brown shrimp flavoured with spices.

MSC launches data validation API

Our global team recently launched a new tool to support our partners. The Data Validation API (Application Programming Interface) allows organisations to digitally check if fisheries, companies, and products are MSC certified. This great new tool removes the need to check MSC databases like Track A Fishery and Find A Supplier manually. It’s an optional offering that organisations can use and will not replace those existing resources. More information on the tool is available here

MSC fishery updates
The Phillipine Tuna Handline
MSC firsts for Chinese and Philippine fisheries
Following multi-stakeholder improvement projects, two fisheries in Asia have successfully met the MSC Standard for sustainable fishing. The Phillipine Tuna Handline Partnership became the first certified fishery in the country while the Yalu Estuary Manila clam fishery in the China Yellow Sea became the first clam fishery in China to achieve certification, both important milestones for the global sustainable seafood movement. 

Ocean Stewardship Fund open for applications

We are delighted to announce that the 2021/22 round of the Ocean Stewardship Fund is now open for applications! We have over £1 million available across four funds and the deadline for three of them is still open until 6 December 2021. Get in touch if you have any questions!

In other news
Mayflower fishing vessel

MSC annual report 

Despite disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the momentum behind the sustainable seafood movement continues to grow, as consumers bought record numbers of products with the blue MSC label in 2020-21. Read more about our progress in the 20-21 MSC Annual Report.
Autumn recipes
Grilled Cornish sardines
Haddock shakshuka
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