The certification scheme for sustainable seafood Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has created a global fund to lower barriers and grant access to its programme. The Global Fisheries Sustainability Fund provides £400,000 for a period of two years and is aimed at increasing accessibility to the MSC programme. It is intended to deepen knowledge and boost critical research into marine science in order to address capacity obstacles which fisheries are confronted with in achieving certification.
The fund will support projects that “help to secure seafood supplies and fishing based economies for future generations”, as Chief Executive Rupert Howes states. Academic institutions, independent researchers, fisheries, governments and non-governmental organisations are encouraged to participate. Applications for the first year are accepted till October 31st, 2015, following a second phase next year.
The MSC has certified 250 fisheries since its foundation.
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