The three-year slog to obtain a coveted Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification for the remaining half of the 300,000-metric-ton cape hake fishery of the coast of South Africa and Namibia is days away from the finish line.

The MSC certification Namibian hake demersal trawl and longline fishery – which has a quota of around 154,000 metric tons -- has been in the works since 2017, and a decision was originally expected at the start of 2020.

The final draft report for the fishery was published by certification group Control Union (UK) Limited Oct.