Welcome to the Responsible Fishing Scheme

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.

Work is currently underway on the development of the next iteration of the scheme, which will be called the Responsible Fishing Vessel Scheme (RFVS). 

A public consultation on the RFVS draft standard criteria is open now, click the button below to find out more.

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RFS Resources

  • RFS Standard
  • Audit documents, RFS Standard and further information.
  • Compliance Support Guides
  • FAQ's

This document is the Responsible Fishing Scheme Standard. It lays out the requirements of the Responsible Fishing Scheme, and the level of performance that applicants are certified against in order to become a member of the RFS.

RFS Standard PDF

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