The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is considered the international standard for certification of sustainable fisheries. Currently, OCI has met the MSC standard for the following fisheries:
- Canadian Offshore Northern and Striped Shrimp
- Gulf of St. Lawrence Northern Shrimp
- OCI Grand Bank Yellowtail Flounder
- Eastern Canada Offshore Sea Scallops
- Newfoundland and Labrador Snow Crab
- Canadian Greenland Halibut
- Canadian 3LN Redfish
In order to achieve certification, every fishery must prove that it meets three principles:
- A fishery must be conducted in a manner that does not lead to overfishing or depletion of the exploited populations.
- Fishing operations should allow for the maintenance of the structure, productivity, function and diversity of the ecosystem.
- The fishery is subject to an effective management system that requires use of the resource to be responsible and sustainable.