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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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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Applying for RFS easier than ever

Seafish has launched its revamped and slimmed down RFS application process for vessel owners and skippers.

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Membership at a glance

                              This graph shows the total number of vessels that have applied to the Responsible Fishing Scheme, and those so far that have been audited  and achieved certification. The dip in total numbers of applicants reported in January 2017 relates to a change in the application process introduced last Autumn and is due to the removal of vessels failing to make satisfactory progress towards full certification. The dip in applicants in July 2017  is due to some vessels being sold, their replacements not yet in application to join the scheme.