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Date: 12-Apr-2021

Location: Edinburgh, GB

Company: Lloyds Register


Harmonisation Intern

3 months internship



The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) was founded in 1997 and sets the Standard for sustainably sourced seafood. Since foundation, the MSC has expanded globally. Today there are around 300 fisheries in the certification programme and an increasing number of MSC fishers are overlapping (fisheries requiring assessment of some or all of the same aspects of the Standard due to similarities in fishing operation).


Overlapping fisheries are assessed individually and many overlapping fisheries receive different scores, despite being similar. This undermines the credibility of the Standard and since 2014 the MSC requires Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) to harmonise scores between overlapping fisheries to deliver consistent results. To harmonise CABs need to identify overlapping fisheries, have access to all associated scores awarded and additional components such as by-catch species and habitats impacted. This presents CABs with a huge amount of data to analyse with every new assessment and surveillance audit.


This project:

(1) resolves the challenges allied to harmonisation by developing a tool by which CABs can extract information, including associated scores, previously buried in Public Certification Reports (PCRs) and annual surveillance reports;

(2) demonstrates the subsequent and prevalent inconsistencies in scoring between overlapping fisheries.


A harmonisation tool will provide significant benefits to Lloyd’s Register, as an accredited CAB, the MSC and Accreditation Bodies. Additional observations and suggestions made during this project around clarity and understanding of the Standard may be of interest to the MSC in reinforcing the sustainability goals the MSC aims to achieve.


You will:

  1. Update the current harmonisation tool developed by LR in 2018
  2. Align key data points with the MSC ecert output
  3. Work with the LR Innovation and Technology team to develop an online, user-friendly search tool
  4. Update the harmonisation tool features based on feedback and input from the MSC as needed


You will need:

  • General understanding of the Marine Stewardship Council eco label and standard documents.
  • Ability to work with large datasheets in excel
  • Good knowledge of all MS packages (especially excel)
  • Ability to interpret and analyse data in various formats
  • Ability to understand large amounts of information and summaries the key points
  • Good working from home set up (2nd screen essential)
  • Remote working with occasional travel to Edinburgh as allowed given relevant COVID restrictions


Project specifics

  • Paid
  • 2 month period with flexible home working
  • Become familiar with MSC audit reports and standard requirements
  • Update LR MSC Harmonisation tool
  • Develop LR MSC Harmonisation tool further to completion (scope for candidate to develop the tool in their own style)



  • Opportunity to be part of a small team working on MSC assessments.
  • Experience of working in an office (COVID restrictions permitting)
  • Gain in depth knowledge of fishery practises worldwide and current best practises.
  • Potentially identify a strong candidate for any future MSC Fisheries Team vacancy

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