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.

RASS presents up-to-date information on the biological status of fish stocks and the environmental impacts of fisheries catching these stocks in a clear and structured format. The primary objective of RASS is to support commercial seafood buyers by providing access to the wide range of information and data needed to facilitate the development of responsible sourcing strategies on a comprehensive range of fisheries whose products are in the UK supply-chain. 

A key characteristic of RASS is that the information presented is in plain English, so can be understood by a range of seafood buyers with differing backgrounds, from people who have a fisheries science background to those who are completely unfamiliar with seafood sustainability.

RASS Wild Fishery profiles score risk on a five-point scale of 1 (very low risk) to 5 (very high risk) for four components (stock, management, by catch, and habitat) (for detail see here). An outlook table provides a summary on whether the risk of each component is likely to decrease, increase, or remain stable. The video below shows you how you can use the site.

Currently RASS does not contain profiles for farmed seafood - these are in development at the moment. Responsible Sourcing Guides on eight major farmed species, many of which are important to the UK seafood supply chain, and UK consumers can be found on our Industry Support - Aquaculture pages here.

For any enquiries please contact:

Alex Caveen, RASS Manager
E: Alex.caveen@seafish.co.uk
T: +44 (0) 1472 252 350
M: +44 (0) 7969 177784