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Responsible Fishing

Ensuring responsible fishing and fishery management

The Responsible Fishing Challenge

Seafood consumption is rising worldwide and the degradation of fish stocks continues. Overexploited marine resources and new developments in aquaculture have rapidly intensified at the expense of ecosystems and marine resources. In this context, retailers and restaurant chains are now asking for sustainability proof from their sourcing. How can producers, processors and importers demonstrate that their products come from responsible fishing sources?


Bureau Veritas proposes several responsible fishing services and schemes which are specifically adapted to your needs.

  • Marine Stewardship Council® (MSC) eco-label with Fishery Certification and Chain of Custody certification (processor, importer and retailer)

  • Friend of the Sea® (FOS) evaluation at the processing and fishery level and Chain of Custody evaluation

  • Bureau Veritas Responsible Fishing Recognition for fishing companies

  • Responsible Sourcing Recognition for importer, processor and retailer

What are the key benefits?

  • Gain recognition as a responsible actor with marine resources and the environment

  • Ensure "responsible sourcing"

  • Increase employee loyalty and social best practices

  • Increase consumer and stakeholder confidence

Responsible Fishing: Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Seafood Expertise 

Bureau Veritas assists in every step of the seafood supply chain to ensure the highest standards are met along with Quality, Health & Safety, Environmental and Social Responsibility compliance.Major retailers have chosen Bureau Veritas for its seafood supply chain expertise and ship owners and food processing plants benefit from the complete selection of marine services.


With a presence in over 140 countries worldwide, Bureau Veritas offers both international expertise and in-depth knowledge of local standards.

Mark of global recognition 

The Bureau Veritas mark is a widely recognized symbol of your organization’s ongoing commitment to excellence, sustainability and reliability.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between Bureau Veritas Recognition and a fishing eco-label?

    Bureau Veritas Recognition is an independent process to recognize best practices at the fishing vessel level based on objective criteria defined in the “responsible fishing” standard. It is prepared by the client with the possibility of Bureau Veritas’ assistance. This is a “B to B” scheme and not a certification visible on the label by the consumer.

    A fishing eco-label is a “B to C” certification based on a sustainable fishery standard. The fishing products can be identified with a logo (i.e. MSC, FOS) which indicates that the traceability between fishing vessels to the final consumer retailer can be certified (Chain of Custody certification).

  • If I am a processor, how may I obtain a “fishing eco-label” on my products?

    For MSC: Your industry must be certified compliant with the MSC Chain of Custody standard by an accredited certification body in order to show the traceability of seafood products coming from MSC certified fisheries. The list of certified fisheries is available on the website Bureau Veritas Certification has been accredited for MSC since October 2007.

    For FOS: It is necessary to make all demands to FOS directly. The first step includes a check by FOS with your fishery and the feasibility of the certification against FOS criteria. If favorable, FOS proposes an accredited inspection body (such as Bureau Veritas) to evaluate the compliance of the fishery and the traceability in your processing plants by sampling.

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