The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) oversees an exciting and ambitious programme that aims to alter global seafood markets and promote sustainable fishing methods by collaborating with partners. The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) scholarship research programme allows undergraduate and postgraduate environmental and fisheries science students to improve their education. Postgraduate students exploring challenges and solutions in fisheries science and management, as well as the integrity of the seafood supply chain, are eligible to apply for Marine Stewardship Council Student Research Grants.
Students investigating optimal practises in sustainable seaweed harvesting and management are also encouraged to apply this year. Direct affiliation with an MSC-certified or aspiring-to-be-certified fishery is not required, though it is an extra point of interest for the MSC.
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) Background
The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) is a non-profit organisation that creates a maintainable fishing standard. Fisheries that want to show they are well-managed and sustainable in comparison to the science-based MSC criteria are evaluated by a team of specialists who are not affiliated with either the fishery or the MSC. If seafood can be traced back through the supply chain to an MSC-certified fishery, the blue MSC ecolabel can be displayed on the product.
MSC Student Research Grants: Purpose and Benefits
- The programme offers up to £5,000 for travel and other expenses for postgraduate student projects.
MSC Student Research Grants Requirements Qualification
- Have the goal of researching some area of environmental improvement, performance, or best practise in the fields of fisheries and seafood product traceability and supply chain management. This could be a direct study of a single fishery or a comparative study of fisheries management issues. The project can be done at a desk or in the field.
- Direct affiliation with an MSC-certified or aspiring-to-be-certified fishery is not required, though it is an extra point of interest for the MSC.
- The MSC is also concerned with detecting, assessing, and managing hazards in the seafood supply chain, such as product substitution and mislabelling, as well as traceability and DNA testing.
- Research initiatives in Asia, South America, and Africa are especially encouraged to apply.
How to Apply for Marine Stewardship Council Student Research Grants
Applications should be emailed to OSF@msc.org in English.
Visit the MSC website for further information.