Responsible sourcing

The UK works hard to ensure it has a responsible seafood industry. Find out how to make your business more environmentally and socially responsible.

Fisheries management

Fisheries management is an important tool in ensuring sustainable seafood. We provide advice, guidance and groups to make UK fisheries sustainable.

Fishing gear

All gear has evolved to target particular species or groups of species.

Fishing Gear Database

Our Fishing Gear Database provides information on how gear and selective devices work to make catching fish more efficient and reduce unwanted catch.

Aquaculture - farming seafood

Aquaculture production is growing in the UK. We’ve collated information on responsible seafood farming and resources for aquaculture businesses.

Social responsibility in seafood

We are helping the seafood industry understand what a business commitment to socially responsible seafood means in practice.

Tools for Ethical Seafood Sourcing

Tools for Ethical Seafood Sourcing (TESS)

Seafood Issues Groups

We run regular discussion groups for people interested in environmental and socially responsible sourcing of seafood in the UK and globally.

Tackling marine litter and end-of-life fishing gear

Litter and end of life fishing gear in our oceans is creating a challenging problem. The seafood industry is looking at solutions to tackle it.

Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS)

RASS helps commercial seafood buyers in the UK make an informed judgement on the environmental risks they face when sourcing wild caught seafood.

Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme

The Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme (RFPS) certifies responsible UK fishing ports and harbours. It is now open to ports of all sizes.

Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS)

The Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) has been replaced by the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS). Find out more.

Reducing carbon emissions in seafood production

The seafood industry is committed to reducing its carbon footprint through best practice in waste management and innovative production methods.