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

New RFS application packs make applying for the scheme easier than ever

Seafish has launched its revamped and slimmed down Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) application process for vessel owners and skippers.

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RFS Support Course generates positive feedback

I have to admit that I was quite sceptical when attending the RFS one day support course but it turned out to be a very positive experience for Flatfish.

Blog by Anton Dietschel-Buehler, Head of Technical at Flatfish

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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 is due to the removal of vessels failing to make satisfactory progress towards full certification.