Responsible sourcing

Seafish is committed to responsible sourcing throughout the supply chain.

Our role

One of Seafish's primary aims is to ensure a sustainable, socially responsible future for the UK seafood industry.

Managing discards

Discards are those parts of the catch which are returned to the sea. Discarding is the practice of returning unwanted catches to the sea, either dead or alive.

Conserving fish stocks

Responsibly-sourced seafood lies at the heart of a sustainable 21st-century seafood industry.

Ethics in seafood

Social responsibility is paramount to Seafish and to the entire seafood industry. For us social responsibility encompasses concerns about labour and human rights issues. This includes human trafficking, labour abuses, child labour, debt bondage, forced labour, migrant workers, and slavery, across the whole supply chain.

Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS)

Seafish have developed a fisheries risk assessment tool (known as RASS) that will help buyers make an informed judgement on the risks they face when sourcing seafood.

Responsible Sourcing Information

Information is a vital part Responsible Sourcing. This page links to a series of guides and other documents in which Seafish explores topical issues affecting the UK seafood industry. We also summarise information on assessment and management of the main European fish stocks assessed by ICES. 

Responsible Fishing Scheme

The Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) is a voluntary vessel based programme certifying high standards of crew welfare and responsible catching practices on fishing vessels.

Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme

The Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme (RFPS) is a voluntary, independently audited, certified programme designed to demonstrate responsible food safety and good operational practices within UK fishing ports and harbours. The scheme has been developed by the UK seafood industry to raise standards across the fishing ports sector. 

Product Integrity

Seafood product integrity is of the utmost importance to Seafish and the seafood industry.

Marine Protected Areas

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are areas of the sea which may be identified as important for marine wildlife, habitats, cultural heritage or for fisheries purposes.

Discussion forums

The integrity of the seafood supply chain is the focus of a number of Seafish-facilitated discussion forums.

Further information

This page contains various documents, notes and publications which offer generic information on responsible sourcing.