Annual review of the RFS Standard

13 February 2018

Seafish is welcoming feedback on the Responsible Fishing Scheme as part of the annual review of the RFS Standard. This is an opportunity for all parties with an interest in the scheme to comment on how the standard may need to respond to changes in the external environment.

The Responsible Fishing Scheme has been operating for two years and currently has 106 certified vessels, which collectively account for 27% of landings by UK registered vessels by weight and 19% by value. The scheme has also attracted considerable interest from outside the UK as it provides the most comprehensive third party certification tool for social responsibility issues.

The annual review process allows for minor amendments to the RFS Standard to ensure that the scheme is meeting its overall objective to "promote a responsible fishing industry, assuring good practice from sea to quayside, and contribute to its long term viability".

All feedback must be submitted by Friday 16th March, using the official RFS Public Comments form available on the RFS website. Views will be collated and reviewed by the independent RFS Oversight Board, composed of representatives of all sectors of the UK seafood supply chain, from catchers to retailers, plus fishing safety and ethics experts.

In addition to this annual review, planning is underway for a more in-depth review of the strategic direction of the scheme to help inform the development of Version 2 of the RFS Standard. This review, which will follow later in 2018, will require Seafish to run a formal process including further public consultation. For more information, contact