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dc.contributor.authorBellchambers, L.
dc.contributor.authorPhillips, Bruce
dc.contributor.authorPérez-Ramírez, M.
dc.identifier.citationBellchambers, L. and Phillips, B. and Pérez-Ramírez, M. 2015. From certification to recertification the benefits and challenges of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC): A case study using lobsters. Fisheries Research. 182: pp. 88-97.

This paper compares two lobster fisheries, the Western Australian rock lobster (Panulirus cygnus) and the Mexico Baja California red rock lobster (Panulirus interruptus) that have been certified and re-certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), and compares the benefits and challenges associated with the certification process. Both fisheries have had similar conditions imposed to address deficiencies identified in the assessment process. The conditions included a better understanding of target stock status, improving monitoring and reporting of bycatch and Endangered Threatened and Protected species (ETPs), improving the understanding of the potential impacts of fishing on the ecosystem and implementing research plans. Providing the data to address these conditions was both expensive and time consuming but improved the understanding of these fisheries. Currently, MSC certified lobster accounts for approximately 20% of global lobster harvest. However, there is no evidence of a price premium for either Western Australian or Mexican Baja California lobster. At present, the vast majority of both lobster species sold are not tagged with the MSC logo due to the additional cost associated with its use. Despite the differences in species, landings and value, the Western Australian rock lobster and Mexican Baja California red rock lobster fisheries have had similar experiences in the benefits and challenges of the MSC process. In the case of the two lobster fisheries examined here, and undoubtedly in a number of other fisheries around the world where domestic or international market recognition of MSC is not high, the social and political benefits of certification far outweigh any economic incentive.

dc.titleFrom certification to recertification the benefits and challenges of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC): A case study using lobsters
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleFisheries Research
curtin.departmentDepartment of Environment and Agriculture
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