The Growth In Certification of Marine Fisheries in Southern Africa: Potential Benefits and Challenges

"The report is organised into five broad themes. The first deals with the potential environmental impact of MSC certification, a subject that necessarily requires consideration of both positive and critical views. The second considers perspectives from industry stakeholders on the commercial benefits of certification as well as their concerns in committing to the initiative. The third considers the critical role the state plays in certification and it considers how a lack of state capacity and poor levels of governance may undermine the progress of MSC in the region. The fourth theme involves the inclusion of small-scale fisheries in the MSC initiative, which remains a perennial source of criticism and concern. Finally, the report considers the challenges of maintaining the integrity of the MSC, which includes giving consideration to multi-stakeholder engagement and dealing with inherent conflicts of interests in the certifying process."