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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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Seafish launches new RFS Support Courses

Seafish has developed a new course to support businesses interested in the roll-out of the new Responsible Fishing Scheme to the UK fleet. Aimed at businesses along the supply chain, the course, which will be available around the UK, provides guidance on the RFS audit process, equipping attendees with the knowledge to support themselves or others through this process.

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RFS roadshow visits Peterhead as two more vessels achieve certification

Seafish officially launched the Responsible Fishing Scheme in Scotland this week with a visit to Peterhead, where Anne-Margaret Anderson of the Scottish White Fish Producer's Association stressed SWFPA's commitment to supporting all members to go through RFS certification. Two more Scottish vessels were certified after successfully completing the RFS audit.

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Waitrose announce all British vessels supplying its seafood should be part of the RFS by 2017

Waitrose made the announcement at the official launch of the new scheme in London. The retailer has identified RFS as a key component for Waitrose to demonstrate its commitment to social responsibility within its supply chains.

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Revamped RFS makes headway in Scotland with first two vessels certified

The largest fishing association in Scotland has committed to supporting all of its members to apply for RFS certification.

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New Responsible Fishing Scheme gets its first vessels certified

The first three vessels have successfully been certified under the newly revamped RFS

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