The Role of MSC Marine Certification in Fisheries Governance in Finland

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Title: The Role of MSC Marine Certification in Fisheries Governance in Finland
Author: Pappila, Minna; Tynkkynen, Minni
Contributor organization: Suomen ympäristökeskus
The Finnish Environment Institute
Publisher: MDPI AG
Date: 2022
Language: en
Belongs to series: Sustainability
ISSN: 2071-1050
Abstract: Finnish fisheries are regulated first and foremost by the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and quotas determined by the EU. Certain fisheries have also been certified according to the international Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard. The aim of this article is to study the added value that the MSC brings to the governance of the ecological sustainability of Finnish marine fisheries. This is achieved by scrutinizing how the MSC addresses the ecosystem approach and how different experts and stakeholders see the role of the MSC in contributing to sustainable fisheries. We endeavor to unravel the sustainability benefits that non-state regulations can offer for a fishery in the Baltic Sea that is heavily regulated and controlled by the EU. We found that the MSC has led to some minor positive changes in fishing and that the indirect support the MSC provides when following scientific advice is even more important.
Subject: sustainable fishing
Marine Stewardship Council
ecosystem approach
fishing quotas
kestävä kalastus
European Union
Baltic Sea
Rights: CC BY 4.0

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