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Fisheries must operate in a way that allows fishing to continue indefinitely, without over exploiting the resources.
The stock is at a level which maintains high productivity and has a low probability of recruitment overfishing.
There is a robust and precautionary harvest strategy in place.
There are well defined and effective harvest control rules (HCRs) in place.
Relevant information is collected to support the harvest strategy.
Fishing operations need to be managed to maintain the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem upon which the fishery depends, including other species and habitats.
The UoA aims to maintain primary species above the point where recruitment would be impaired (PRI) and does not hinder recovery of primary species if they are below the PRI.
There is a strategy in place that is designed to maintain or to not hinder rebuilding of primary species; and the UoA regularly reviews and implements measures, as appropriate, to minimize the mortality of unwanted catch.
The UoA aims to maintain secondary species above a biologically based limit and does not hinder recovery of secondary species if they are below a biologically based limit.
There is a strategy in place for managing secondary species that is designed to maintain or to not hinder rebuilding of secondary species; and the UoA regularly reviews and implements measures, as appropriate, to minimize the mortality of unwanted catch.
The UoA meets national and international requirements for protection of ETP species. The UoA does not hinder recovery of ETP species.
The UoA has in place precautionary management strategies designed to: - meet national and international requirements; and - ensure the UoA does not hinder recovery of ETP species. Also, the UoA regularly reviews and implements measures, as appropriate, to minimize the mortality of ETP species.
Relevant information is collected to support the management of UoA impacts on ETP species, including: - information for the development of the management strategy; - information to assess the effectiveness of the management strategy; and - information to determine the outcome status of ETP species.
The UoA does not cause serious or irreversible harm to habitat structure and function, considered on the basis of the area covered by the governance body(s) responsible for fisheries management in the area(s) where the UoA operates.
There is a strategy in place that is designed to ensure the UoA does not pose a risk of serious or irreversible harm to the habitats.
The UoA does not cause serious or irreversible harm to the key elements of ecosystem structure and function.
There are measures in place to ensure the UoA does not pose a risk of serious or irreversible harm to ecosystem structure and function.
All fisheries need to meet all local, national and international laws and have an effective management system in place.
The management system exists within an appropriate and effective legal and/or customary framework which ensures that it: - Is capable of delivering sustainability in the UoA(s) - Observes the legal rights created explicitly or established by custom of people dependent on fishing for food or livelihood; and -Incorporates an appropriate dispute resolution framework.
The management system has effective consultation processes that are open to interested and affected parties. The roles and responsibilities of organizations and individuals who are involved in the management process are clear and understood by all relevant parties.
The fishery-specific management system has clear, specific objectives designed to achieve the outcomes expressed by MSC’s Principles 1 and 2.
The fishery-specific management system includes effective decision-making processes that result in measures and strategies to achieve the objectives and has an appropriate approach to actual disputes in the fishery.
Monitoring, control and surveillance mechanisms ensure the management measures in the fishery are enforced and complied with.