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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News and comment
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.
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.
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.
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.