Vita Foods is dedicated to the sustainability of the seafood used in our products. We currently produce and market eleven salmon products featuring MSC Certification.
What is MSC?
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is the world's leading not for profit organization in certification and ecolabeling for sustainable seafood. Look for the blue MSC ecolabel when shopping for seafood.
Why is the MSC standard for sustainable fishing needed?
Throughout the world, fisheries are using management practices to safeguard jobs, secure future fish stocks and help protect marine environment. The science-based MSC environmental standard for sustainable fishing offers fisheries a way to confirm sustainability using a credible, independent assessment process. Compliant fisheries benefit by being recognized in the marketplace, while buyers and consumers are assured their seafood comes from a well-managed, sustainable source. MSC labeled products assure consumers that their seafood comes from a well managed and sustainable source.
How was it developed?
The MSC environmental standard was developed following an international consultation in 1997 to 1999 that featured over 300 organizations and individuals. The conference included eight regional workshops and two expert drafting sessions. The standard is based on the FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fisheries and other international conservation instruments.
The MSC standard has 3 overarching principles that every fishery must prove that it meets:
Principle 1: Sustainable fish stocks
- The fishing activity must be at a level which is sustainable for the fish population.
- Any certified fishery must operate so that fishing can continue indefinitely and is not overexploiting the resources.
Principle 2: Minimizing environmental impact
- Fishing operations should be managed to maintain the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem on which the fishery depends.
Principle 3: Effective management
- The fishery must meet all local, national and international laws and must have a management system in place to respond to changing circumstances and maintain sustainability.
For more information, visit: www.msc.org