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.
Find the latest RFS news here
Respond to the Annual Review of the RFS Standard here
News and comment
Seafish is welcoming feedback on the RFS as part of the annual review of the RFS Standard. The RFS has been operating for 2 years and currently has 106 certified vessels, which collectively account for 27% of landings by UK registered vessels by weight and 19% by value.
The annual review allows for minor amendments to the RFS Standard. Feedback will be reviewed by the independent RFS Oversight Board, composed of representatives of all sectors of the UK seafood supply chain. All feedback must be submitted by Friday 16th March, using the official RFS Public Comments form.
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.
Some of the biggest names in retail, processing and food service supply have committed to incorporating RFS certification into their sourcing policies.
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.