Although the unit of certification is the plant, assessment of species is a necessary prerequisite in order to provide assurance for the responsible sourcing of raw materials used for the production of  marine ingredients. It is important that each company applying for the standard indicates the specific species that each individual plant uses so that this can be listed correctly in the certificate scope.

Important Notice:

MarinTrust recognises the status of MSC certifications and wants to simplify the process for those certificate holders that receive MSC certified raw materials to the marine ingredient producing plant. These materials will be recognised as MarinTrust compliant.

This process has now been formalised in the MSC Verification Tool which came into force on 1 January 2021. The aim is to protect the integrity of the chain and prevent false use of the MSC claims entering a MarinTrust certified factory. MarinTrust is enhancing its MSC recognition process by providing an extra layer of verification while avoiding duplicating assessments and all at low costs. Further information and verification reports can be found here.


Anchoveta (Engraulis ringens) and Araucanian Herring (Strangomera bentincki) | FAO 87, Chilean EEZ Regions V-X

Anchoveta (Engraulis ringens) | FAO 87, Chilean EEZ Regions XV-IV

Chilean Jack Mackerel (Trachurus murphyi) | FAO 87, Chilean EEZ Regions XV-X


Herring (Clupea harengus) and Sprat (Sprattus sprattus) | FAO 27, ICES 3.d.28.1 (Gulf of Riga)

Herring (Clupea harengus) and Sprat (Sprattus sprattus) | FAO 27, ICES subdivision 25-29, 32 (excluding Gulf of Riga)

Norway Pout (Trisopterus esmarkii) | FAO27, ICES 3.a, 4

Sandeel (Ammodytes marinus) |FAO 27, ICES Division 4.a-c, subdivision 3.a.20

Sprat (Sprattus sprattus) and Herring (Clupea harengus) and | FAO 27, ICES subarea 4 and division 3.a


Southern Gulf of California Thread Herring | FAO 77 southern Gulf of California (Sinaloa and Nayarit)

Gulf of California small pelagics Sonora FAO 77, Northern/Central


Capelin (Mallotus villosus) | FAO 27, ICES 1, 2 excl. 2.a West of 5°W


Pacific Anchoveta (Cetengraulis mysticetus) and Pacific Thread Herring (Opisthonema spp.) | FAO 77


Peruvian Anchoveta (Engraulis ringens) | FAO 87, South Eastern Pacific Ocean 16° South to southern border

Peruvian Anchoveta (Engraulis ringens) | FAO 87, Northern Border of Peruvian EEZ to 16° South

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