Guide to Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood (RASS)

RASS has been 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. Nutrition data is also supplied for a number of species.

Purpose of RASS 

The primary objective of the 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 methodology has been peer-reviewed and published, whilst an outlook table provides an indication on whether the risk of each component is likely to decrease, increase or remain stable.

Another 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 completely unfamiliar with seafood sustainability.