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.
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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.
This graph shows the total number of vessels that have applied to the RFS, and those so far that have acheived certification. The dip in numbers of applicants in Jan 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.