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Friday, April 21 • 15:45 - 17:15
Fisheries and biodiversity conservation: exploring 20 years of sustainability certification LIMITED

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Sustainability standards are an important part of the growing array of market-based tools and incentives used for engaging the private sector in conservation.  Sustainability certification gives market recognition to companies implementing responsible business practices, providing an economic incentive for reduction of the negative impacts of industry.  The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) defines global best practice for sustainable fishing practices, and fisheries can be certified against the MSC Standard.
This session will highlight the main impacts and challenges of fishery certification as a tool for conservation.  Attendees will have the chance to learn from four MSC staff, each an expert in different aspects of fisheries certification, and to participate in smaller discussion groups focussing on specific topics of interest.  We aim to engage the audience in an honest and constructive discussion of how certification has been implemented over the last 20 years – both the pitfalls and the success stories – and how it could contribute to conservation in the next 20.
Recognising and appreciating the wide set of interests and expertise likely to be in the room, as well as the diversity of fisheries now certified by the MSC, we have chosen 4 regions and associated challenges/opportunities to be discussed in groups of about 10 people.  These are (i) Transboundary and high seas governance for tuna fisheries in the Indian Ocean; (ii) Communication around controversial fisheries in New Zealand, and the role of certification in shaping public opinion; (iii) Protecting vulnerable Arctic seabed habitats; (iv) Accessibility of certification for small scale fisheries in Mexico. 
No prior knowledge of any of these topics is necessary to participate in the discussion.  Each group will be provided with a fact sheet summarising the key points relevant to the theme, which will provide a concrete basis for conversation, and each group will be mediated by an MSC staff member.  We hope to benefit from the experience of the people in the room as much as to increase understanding of the work of the MSC.  

Participants do not need to bring any special equipment (eg laptops) to this session. 

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Lucy Erickson

Science Communications Manager, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)
Science, scholarships, sustainable seafood! Hi, I'm Lucy and I work as part of the Strategic Research team at the MSC. If you are looking for a fisheries-related research topic, internship, or project funding I may be able to help :) I'm also part of the communications team, so... Read More →
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Taylor Gorham

Senior Research Analyst, Marine Stewardship Council
I work in monitoring and evaluation for the Marine Stewardship Council, meaning that I help to research the impacts of sustainability certification on global fisheries management. My particular interest is in benthic habitats and understanding how fisheries can manage their impacts... Read More →

Friday April 21, 2017 15:45 - 17:15 BST
Old Library Old Library, Ground Floor