Guide to Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS)

Developed to help UK commercial seafood buyers make an informed judgement on the environmental risks they face when sourcing wild-caught seafood.

Profiles cover stock status, management effectiveness, bycatch and habitat risks. 

Purpose of RASS 

The primary objective of RASS is to support commercial seafood buyers by providing access to all information and data required to facilitate the development of responsible sourcing strategies on a range of fisheries whose products are in the UK supply-chain.

Risk scoring

RASS Wild Fishery profiles score risk on a five-point scale of 1 (very low risk) to 5 (very high risk) for four factors:

  • stock
  • management
  • by-catch
  • habitat. 

The Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS) Scoring Guidance has been peer-reviewed and published. A key characteristic of RASS is that the information is presented in plain English, so that it can be understood by a range of seafood buyers with differing backgrounds; from those with fisheries science education to those who are unfamiliar with seafood sustainability.

Further information on the science of stock assessment and management of fisheries can be found in our sustainable fisheries assessment and management guides.