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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Statements about specific species

The latest MCS position statement on sea bass
Sea bass briefing, October 2016

The latest MCS position statement on Mackerel Quota
MCS Position Statement on Icelandic and Faroese mackerel quota, Jan 2013

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 large businesses
MCS Sustainable Fish Sourcing Policy Guidance - large businesses

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

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 the MCS Position Paper on the use of Cleaner Fish in Aquaculture
MCS - use of Cleaner Fish in Aquaculture (2013)

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

A link to the MCS Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Finfish Farming
MCS Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Finfish Farming (2007)

Actions you can take

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

Did you know?…

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

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

MCS launched the Good Fish Guide in 2001 to help people make good seafood choices

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.

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