Marine Stewardship Council


As of October 2016, UCCS Dining and Hospitality Services earned the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Chain of Custody certification to serve sustainable seafood in both dining halls. UCCS is the first university in Colorado, and one of 13 institutions of higher education in the United States to earn the MSC certification for sustainable seafood practices.

What is MSC?
The Marine Stewardship Council is an international nonprofit organization established to safeguard seafood supplies for the future. Recognized as the world's leading certification program for sustainable, wild-caught seafood, the MSC works with leaders within the fishing industry and seafood sector to create a more sustainable seafood market.

What does MSC evaluate?

  • The MSC evaluates everyone who participates in the fishing cycle to ensure sustainability practices from ocean to plate.
  • Fisheries standards appraise the fish are from sustainable fish stocks, fishing practices minimize environmental impact, and effective management ensures fisheries are complying with relevant laws.  
  • Chain of custody standards assess that fish are being purchased from certified suppliers, certified products are labeled with the MSC Ecolabel, certified products are segregated from other fish species, the purchasing is recorded and traceable, and the organizations management system is evident. 

What is the MSC Ecolabel?

The distinctive blue MSC ecolabel gives consumers confidence that they are choosing seafood products which are traceable and have been sourced from independently certified fisheries. To learn more about the Marine Stewardship Council, visit