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MSC Ocean News

December 2021


With the end of 2021 now firmly in sight, I’m pleased to sign our team off for the year and share a huge thank you to all our partners across the UK & Ireland and elsewhere, for what has been another challenging but rewarding year for us all. We’ve been honoured to work with and promote our fantastic UK & Irish fisheries across the year, and support the launch and continued sale of certified sustainable fish products to UK and Irish shoppers who look for the blue MSC ecolabel. It’s very much been ‘All Hands on Deck’ across our work and we’re looking forward to another exciting and rewarding year for 2022!

George Clark
Programme Director, UK & Ireland

Looking ahead
MSC UK awards ceremony 2021

Following the success of Sustainable Seafood Week (SSW) 2021 and our focus on engaging with consumers, it’s full speed ahead for 2022. Our sustainable ‘Ocean Cookbook’ campaign is launching in January, followed by our World Oceans Day campaign in June. From 16th to 23rd of September, we'll celebrate our 3rd UK SSW (more to come on how you can get involved), and we’ll be delivering our 9th MSC UK Awards in October – fingers crossed it’ll be in person!

With more exciting updates to come from Project UK (more below) and our commercial partners, 2022 is going to be a great year! 

MSC market updates
Two fisherman on a vessel
In a recent blog post, our Principal Scientist, Dr Catherine Longo, draws on new research published in Frontiers in Marine Science to highlight the social and economic impacts of the MSC Certification Program and how it can lead to sustainable outcomes for our oceans.
A shoal of Bluefin tuna
Twenty-eight tuna fisheries in the Western Central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) face a growing risk of having their MSC certification suspended after an intergovernmental meeting ended without commitment to the adoption of harvest strategies by 2023. This is needed to ensure the long-term sustainable fishing of tuna in the WCPO.
Fishing for solutions
This powerful film brings voices from around the globe together to highlight the stark impact of climate change on the fishing industry. For more information read Dr Catherine Longo's latest blog on climate resilient fishing.
MSC fishery updates
A Scottish haddock fishing boat
Thank you to everyone that contributed to the consultation for Project UK Round 3. Our fisheries team will be in touch with the next steps and requesting funding contributions ahead of commissioning pre-assessments. If you have any questions, please contact
Happy Christmas! 
Some festive family fun, MSC style
Warming winter recipes
Stargazy pie with fish heads and tails
Linguine with salmon, parmesan and rocket
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