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.

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Fish sourcing policy for use by businesses

A link to our two page guide to sourcing seafood responsibly for restaurants and food service outlets
Restaurant & Food service Top Tips

A link to the MCS Sustainable Fish Sourcing Policy - 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)

Aquaculture

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)

A link to MCS position on the use of cleaner fish in salmon farming
Use of cleaner fish in salmon farming: Current use, concerns and recommendations (2018)

A link to the MCS overarching policy on farmed fish production
MCS Aquaculture Policy (2013)

A link to MCS written evidence to the ECCLR committee Scottish aquaculture review MCS written evidence to the ECCLR committee

A link to the MCS written evidence to the REC committee Scottish Salmon farming review
MCS written evidence to the REC committee

Actions you can take

  1. Download our guide showing how fish are farmed
  2. Download our guide showing how fish are caught

Did you know?…

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

6,500 fishing boats in the UK catch up to 150 different species, but most people in the UK only eat 5

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

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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