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.

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RFS marks certification milestones

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.

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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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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  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.