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Unit of Assessment (MSC)

The sum of all the elements that are assessed for awarding a given certificate. For fisheries evaluated against the MSC Fisheries Standard, this includes the target stock(s) being certified, combined with any fleets, or groups of vessels, or individual fishing operators or other eligible fishers pursuing that same stock using different methods/gears/practices, as well as the species and ecosystem in the area where the fishery is active.