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 worked in partnership to develop the next iteration of the scheme – the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS). The new standard was published in June and is owned and operated by Global Seafood Assurances. Further information can be found on the RFVS page on the GSA website.
Current RFS members will transition to the new standard during 2020. For more information, please see the RFS Member Transition page.