The course is open to everyone who holds a university degree in fisheries, marine conservation biology, natural resources environmental management or relevant fields e.g., economics, mathematics, or statistics.  The course provides opportunities for early-career postgraduate level scientists (master’s and PhD students) and offers a one-off diploma level qualification.

The course is of modular design and is comprised of in-person (1-2 hours) and practical (2-3 hours) lectures, online learning (20 hours) which should be done before the in-person sessions, followed by a final test component. Participants are required to complete all elements of the course and successfully pass the final test. On completion students will receive a Fisheries Conformity Assessors Diploma.

Participants will then have the competency requirements needed to initiate a career in MSC assessments on fisheries, aiming for certification to the MSC Fisheries Standard for sustainability, or Fisheries Improvement Projects evaluations.

Potentially the qualification will enable internship possibilities with both CABs and the MSC.

About the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC)

The MSC is a global not-for-profit organization with ambitions to end overfishing across the world’s oceans. The MSC operates a third-party certification and verification system for sustainable fishing known as the MSC Fisheries Standard. All certified fisheries must be assessed according to the MSC Fisheries Standard, that is based on the UN FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing.

The third-party certification and verification system, means that the MSC does not certify fisheries and does not influence the outcome of the certification process. Certifications are undertaken by experts from independent Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), which are accredited by Assurance Services International.

To expand the currently contracting pool of assessors, the MSC has formulated the Fisheries Conformity Assessors Diploma.

For further information please email: [email protected]

This workshop will be offered for free. Duration: 4 hours


Ernesto Jardim [email protected]

Fisheries Standard Director, Marine Stewardship Council 

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