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MSC Inside Story: Developing World Program

Cassie Leisk talks about the latest MSC film and how her team work with developing world fisheries to improve resource management and enhance welfare.
Three people on a small boat off with video camera, of the coast of the Gambia

Did you know the MSC has a dedicated developing world program? Recently the program came to the forefront of the organisation’s work with the production of its film Our Fisheries, our Future. The film follows three developing world fisheries as they discuss the importance of sustainability and how the MSC program is helping them improve the management of their resource, access to markets and enhance their economic welfare. The fisheries features lessons learned from a range of stakeholders involved with the fisheries, where they talk about the benefits and challenges of sustainability and MSC certification.

We asked engagement manager, Cassie Leisk about the making of the film.

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Fish Tales: The importance of sustainable seafood stories

Q&A with chef and seafood sustainability spokesperson Bart van Olphen.
image of chef Bart van Olphen standing in shallow water, preparing food on bow of a boat

Bart van Olphen is a chef, author and the face of Fish Tales, a new sustainable seafood brand. Since 2002 Bart has worked with fisheries all over the world and is the recipient of numerous awards for his sustainability work. He also runs workshops and conferences. We asked him for his story…

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World’s biggest seafood event to put spotlight on sustainable fishing

Seafood Expo Global: This year's annual gathering of 25,000 seafood industry professionals will highlight the importance of sustainable fishing practices. From Green Futures magazine.
Image of Marine Stewardship Council stand at Seafood Global Expo 2013

By Duncan Jeffries, Green Futures Magazine

Seafood Expo Global, the world’s largest seafood trade event, takes place on 6-8 May in Brussels. Around 25,000 buyers, suppliers and processing-industry professionals from over 140 countries are set to attend, and between them the 1,690 exhibiting companies supply nearly every type of seafood imaginable.

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Anova Seafood: Sustainability, responsibility and success

Cod fishing boat in the Atlantic with waves

Anova Seafood is a leading retail and foodservice seafood supplier. Based in the Netherlands the company also has offices in Indonesia and Vietnam. Each year, Anova sells 30,000 tonnes of seafood products, 70 percent of which goes to supermarket chains troughout Europe. They believe their efforts towards corporate responsibility and sustainability are key to their success. We spoke to Anova’s Meike Cremers…

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India’s Ashtamudi clam fishery: Fishing for future generations

Image of Handful of freshly caught clams, Ashtamudi fishery, India

The Ashtamudi clam fishery in southern India entered assessment to the MSC standard in 2013. As part of the assessment, the independent auditors need to visit the fishery, so we joined them to take a look.

We travelled to Kollam, a vibrant, colourful town three hours drive from Cochin, the capital of Kerala. We navigated the twists and turns of Kollam’s coconut tree-lined streets, filled with children on their way to school and women with pots balanced delicately on their heads, and arrived at the shore where we boarded the boat to the site of the fishery.

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