The Responsible Fishing Scheme

Work is almost complete on the development of the next iteration of the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS), the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS), a third-party certification scheme developed by industry to recognise vessels with high standards of crew welfare and responsible catching practices.

The RFVS has been developed in partnership by Seafish and Global Seafood Assurances (GSA), the new standard holder as of May 2020, using a robust and collaborative standard development process.

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RFS Resources

  • RFS Member Transition to RFVS
  • Transition to GSA
  • Supply Chain Support for the RFS
  • Governance Structure
  • RFVS Public Consultation

Work is currently underway on the development of the next iteration of the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS), the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) and supporting current RFS members through this transition is a top priority.

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Auditor training in Peterhead marks important milestone for RFVS

17 March 2020
Last month saw the achievement of a significant milestone for the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard as a group of auditors visited Peterhead for initial training on how to audit the Standard.
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