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Marine Stewardship Council welcomes applications for the student scholarship program


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The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has launched its autumn 2013 research scholarship. Undergraduates and postgraduates from around the globe are now being invited to submit their applications before 11 November 2013 to be in with a chance of securing the £4,000 scholarship grant.

The MSC’s research scholarship program aims to support the transformation of the world’s seafood markets and promote sustainable fishing practice, by supporting the study of the problems and solutions needed to achieve best practice in fisheries management and the integrity of the seafood supply chain.

Qualifying projects will have the objective of studying an aspect of environmental improvement, performance or best practice in fisheries or supply chain management. This may involve a direct study of one particular fishery, a comparative study of fisheries management, or else focus on the challenges of supply chain transparency. Direct linkage to an MSC certified fishery or one wishing to become certified is not a requirement, although it will be an additional point of interest for the MSC.

Commenting on the scholarship program, MSC Standards Director David Agnew, said: “The MSC scholarship complements our existing program of extensive scientific research. We fund a number of research projects each year to inform our policy development, monitor our performance and measure the environmental impacts of MSC certified fisheries”.

“This scholarship program not only provides the recipients with an excellent career opportunity, it also generates further MSC funded independent environmental and fisheries research.”

The MSC scholarship program is an international research fund, now in its fourth term. Current scholarship students are engaged in research topics in areas such as coastal fisheries management, seasonal management of specific species, and management structures for driving seafood sustainability.

Further information:

  • The MSC runs an exciting and ambitious program, working with partners to transform the world's seafood markets and promote sustainable fishing practices. Our credible standards for sustainable fishing and seafood traceability seek to increase the availability of certified sustainable seafood, with the distinctive blue ecolabel making it easy for everyone to take part
  • Further information for potential applicants can be found at: www.msc.org/business-support/msc-scholarship-program or by contacting Standard Communications Manager, David Stone at david.stone@msc.org
  • The closing date for the first round of applications is Monday 11 November 2013.