In order for the RFS standard to reach its full potential as a supply chain assurance tool, in 2017, Seafish launched a public procurement exercise to find a not-for-profit entity to operate, manage and deliver the RFS on a global scale. In 2018, an agreement was signed to migrate the RFS to the Global Aquaculture Alliance’s new not-for-profit, Global Seafood Assurances (GSA).
Since 2018, Seafish and GSA have been working in partnership to develop the next iteration of the scheme – the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS). The new standard will be released within May 2020 and will be owned and operated by Global Seafood Assurances.
GSA was established to bring together a network of standards to ensure that all aspects of the wild seafood supply chain are covered. Further information can be found on the GSA website.
Seafish and GSA have worked together to make sure the RFVS builds on the experience of the UK sector and reflects future industry needs across the global supply chain.
Current RFS members will be fully supported during the transition process. For more information, please see the RFS Member Transition page.