Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme

The Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme (RFPS) certifies responsible UK fishing ports and harbours. It is currently open to ports with sales facilities.
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About the RFPS

The RFPS is a voluntary and independently audited certification scheme. It aims to promote and encourage responsible operating practices within UK fishing ports and harbours. Certification provides assurance to buyers and sellers of seafood that ports are acting in a responsible manner.

At its core, the RFPS has a standard which forms the basis for certification decisions. Fishing ports are assessed and must show compliance against the following core principles in the standard:

  • food safety and structural integrity
  • port and the working environment
  • care for the environment
  • care of the catch
  • traceability

Certification of fishing ports with sales facilities

The RFPS is currently open for applications from fishing ports with sales facilities. For more information on assessment criteria and how to apply you can download the RFPS standard or visit our applying for RFPS certification webpage for a step by step guide on the application process.

Standard development

The RFPS was initially created at the request of the UK industry. It exists because of an increasing demand for transparency and assurance across the seafood supply chain. Our board is the standard holder and we fund and run the scheme.  

The RFPS has been developed with significant input from the wider industry. The formal development of the RFPS began in January 2017 with the formation of a multi-stakeholder Oversight Board. They took on the task of agreeing the overall strategic direction and objectives for the scheme. Following the development process, the scheme for fishing ports with a sales facility was officially launched in 2018.

We have now completed work on developing standard suitable for all fishing ports. We are planning to launch the updated RFPS scheme later in the year. This will allow all fishing ports to apply for certification. The criteria used are the same as those used for ports with a selling facility. The criteria will only be used if they relate to activities carried out at the port.

Throughout the RFPS development a fully transparent and robust governance structure has been adopted. Visit our RFPS Governance Structure webpage for further information.

Get in touch

All applications should be made to Lloyds Register. The RFPS co-ordinator is Gillian Irvine. She can be contacted on 0131 619 2104 or To find out more about them visit the Lloyd's Register website.

If you're looking for more information about future developments of the Responsible Fishing Ports Scheme, email