Welcome to the Responsible Fishing Scheme website

The Responsible Fishing Scheme has been developed to raise standards in the catching sector, enabling those within the seafood supply chain to demonstrate their commitment to the responsible sourcing of seafood. The RFS is the only global standard that audits compliance on board fishing vessels, including ethical and welfare criteria.

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RFS to move to new home as Seafish signs MoU with the Global Aquaculture Alliance

The RFS will become a key standard in a new network of standards to ensure all aspects of the wild seafood supply chain are covered. This transition period will commence on 1 May 2018 and conclude no later than 1 May 2020.

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RFS members bring home 27% of UK landings

The scheme's first 100 certified vessels account for 27% of landings by weight and 19% by value. These figures are really encouraging given the RFS has only just celebrated its 2nd birthday.

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RFS marks certification milestones

The RFS, which recognises fishing vessels that demonstrate best practice in fishing operations and crew welfare, has certified its 100th vessel, and welcomes its first entire fleet onto the scheme.

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New Supply Chain Supporters webpage

Some of the biggest names in retail, processing and food service supply have committed to incorporating RFS certification into their sourcing policies.

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Membership at a glance

This graph shows the total number of vessels that have applied to the RFS, and those so far that have achieved certification. The dip in numbers of applicants  in Jan 2017 relates to a change in the application process  and is due to the removal of vessels failing to make satisfactory progress towards full certification. Other dips in applicants are  due to  vessels being sold, and/or further failures to make satisfactory progress.