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.

Click here to find out about development of Version 2 of the Scheme.

Find out How to Join by clicking the link below. 

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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

Latest News:


Swift action vital for North Sea cod stocks

20 July 2019
The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the organisation responsible for advising the EU member states on how much fish to catch based on scientific data of fish stocks, has advised a reduction in catch allowance for North Sea cod next year by 63%. This is a reduction from 28,204 tonnes to 10,457 tonnes, although the advice may be updated in November when there is more data on the stock. What does this mean for the UK seafood supply chain and consumers?
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Membership at a glance

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.