Dataset of "A global review of MSC certification: Why fisheries withdraw?"

Published: 14 April 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/b5d7zfm33r.1
Andrea Pierucci,


The dataset summarized publicly available information from Marine stewardship council (MSC) fisheries website ( ), updated on 20th December 2018. The dataset summarized and reports: the name of fishery; the country; the continent; the FAO area related to the fishery; the management agency; the species; the type of gear used; the impact of the gear on the seabed and on the by-catch; the certifications status; the certificated catch; the species life span; and the certification time. These data base have been analyzed for the publication in Marine Policy of the paper titled: A global review of MSC certification: Why fisheries withdraw?


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The raw data were collected form the Marine stewardship council (MSC) website. For each species scientific available information about biology and ecology of each species were collected from scientific publication and public scientific database (fishbase; worms; Sea Around Us et). A global survival curve, was obtained through Kaplan-Meier estimator, after the Log-rank test was used to investigate differences in the survival probabilities among groups of fisheries. Finally a regression approach was then applied to assess the joint effect of different categorical variables present in the data set. We estimated a proportional hazard (Cox) model for withdraw fishery, which is a common method in survival analysis. This is a very useful data base that could be adopted as base line for future investigations with the aim of monitoring the spread of MSC certification, i.e. to new gears; fishing areas; species; and regions; is crucial to understand better how the MSC certification scheme can adapt and maintain its relevance in sustainable seafood development.


European Commission Joint Research Centre


Multi-Species Fishery