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.

Understanding sustainability and responsible seafood sourcing

We’ve collated information and guidance on sustainability, responsible sourcing and related challenges and initiatives across seafood supply chains.

UK fisheries management and supply chain initiatives

We’re working with industry and government on a number of initiatives to protect fish and shellfish stocks for future generations.

Types of fishing gear

Different kinds of gear have evolved to target particular species or groups of species. We have produced guidance on commonly used fishing gear.

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.

Climate change and the seafood industry

Climate change is a major challenge facing us all, and we're working to support the seafood industry response.

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.

Managing end of life fishing gear and aquaculture equipment

Fishing gear or aquaculture equipment lost in our oceans creates a challenging problem. We’re working with industry and government to find solutions.

Animal sentience and welfare

We’re working with industry and government to provide advice and guidance on animal welfare issues.

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The Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) has been replaced by the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS).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