Policy and Position Papers

MCS has developed a number of policy statements and information notes, intended to provide detailed information on some of the more complex issues associated with sustainable fisheries and seafood production.

Fish sourcing policy for use by businesses

Our two page guide to sourcing seafood responsibly for restaurants and food service outlets
Restaurant and Food Service Top Tips

Our Sustainable Fish Sourcing Policy Guidance - for use by small and medium sized businesses
MCS Sustainable Fish Sourcing Policy Guidance - small and medium sized businesses

Wild capture fisheries

The current focus of our wild capture fisheries policy work is on ensuring sustainable fishing is prioritised during the Brexit process, more information can be found here.

A joint briefing from MCS, ClientEarth and WWF on: Urgent recommendations for the implementation of the landing obligation. Urgent recommendations for the landing obligation (2018)

A joint briefing from ClientEarth, MCS and Oceana for the UK government on the setting of fishing opportunities for 2021: Fishing opportunities joint briefing (2020)

Aquaculture

Our Position Statement on Scottish Salmon Farming. Scottish Salmon Farming Position Statement (2020)

A Joint Seas at Risk position paper on Ensuring Sustainable Feed Ingredients.
Joint NGO position paper - Aquaculture (2015)

A joint Seas at Risk position paper on Priorities for Environmentally Responsible Aquaculture in the EU
Joint NGO position paper - Aquaculture (2014)

Our overarching policy on farmed fish production
MCS Aquaculture Policy (2013)

Our position on the use of cleaner fish in UK aquaculture: Use of ‘Cleaner Fish’ in UK aquaculture: Current use, concerns and recommendations (2021)

Our written evidence to the ECCLR committee Scottish aquaculture review MCS written evidence to the ECCLR committee

Our written evidence to the REC committee Scottish Salmon farming review
MCS written evidence to the REC committee

Actions you can take


Did you know?…

Farmed fish and shellfish production will have to increase by 133% by 2050 to meet projected seafood demand worldwide

21.7 million tonnes of wild caught fish are not for people to eat; almost 75% of this is to feed farmed fish

As a result of using our Good Fish Guide ratings 5.7 million seafood meals every week are now more sustainable

What's your impact on our seas?

You can play a key role in securing the future of our seas and marine wildlife by making more environmentally responsible choices when buying seafood.

Make the right choice and reduce your impact - every purchase matters!

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