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No Extension of Certification to Farmed Salmon

LONDON - The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Board of Trustees has reconfirmed that it will not be expanding the scope of the MSC's wild capture certification and labelling programme to include aquaculture productions systems.

The Board said at its June 2008 meeting held in London, believes that the MSC should remain focused on its core mission.

"To use our eco-labelling and wild capture fishery certification programme to help transform how the world's seas and oceans are worked, and to influence the choices people make when buying seafood, so that responsible management is rewarded," the board said.

Together with its partners in the seafood industry, the MSC is helping to create a market for sustainable wild caught fish that is serving as an incentive for more and more fisheries to seek independent, third-party certification. Despite the continued and rapidly growing participation of both fisheries and commercial enterprises around the world in the programme, much still remains to be done.

The board said that it believed that accelerating the delivery of the MSC’s existing programme must remain the priority for its work.