Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) & Why Bar Harbor Foods is a Member

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This product comes from a fishery which has been certified to the Marine Stewardship Council’s environmental standard for a well-managed and sustainable fishery.

July 1, 2009

  • The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) sets a high standard for sustainability and traceability of seafood and all MSC certified fisheries and Chain of Custody license holders go through rigorous assessment by an independent, third-party certifier.
  • The MSC Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing were developed following an international consultation with stakeholders around the world. These Principles and Criteria, otherwise known as the MSC’s fishery standard, are based on the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and other international conservation instruments.
  • They were developed assuming that a sustainable fishery is defined, for the purposes of MSC certification, as one that is conducted in such a way that:
    • it can be continued indefinitely at a reasonable level;
    • it maintains and seeks to maximize, ecological health and abundance;
    • it maintains the diversity, structure and function of the ecosystem on which it depends as well as the quality of its habitat, minimizing the adverse effects that it causes;
    • it is managed and operated in a responsible manner, in conformity with local, national and international laws and regulations;
    • it maintains present and future economic and social options and benefits;
    • it is conducted in a socially and economically fair and responsible manner.

More detail is available on the MSC website at

Use of the MSC logo on packaging, in-store signage and in promotions indicates to the public the MSC-labeled seafood is sustainably harvested, well-managed and does not harm the marine eco-system.

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