The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) was launched in hopes of making it possible for firms and consumers to select sustainably-produced seafood. Unfortunately, recent events have seriously undermined its reputation:
- Their plan to certify Peruvian anchovy is dubious.
- The MSC-certified Alaskan Pollock fishery is collapsing.
- The same goes for the Hoki fishery, off New Zealand.
- The MSC is considering certifying Pacific Hake, over the objections of Oceana and the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
Jennifer Jacquet, of the Guilty Planet blog, goes so far as to say that “the MSC certification process has been co-opted by industry.”
Those who have been salving their consciences by buying certifiably ‘sustainable’ fish should now give some thought to whether the only truly sustainable option is to abstain from seafood altogether, as both Jennifer and I have reluctantly done.