The RFS Vessel Improver Programme (VIP) is seeking external support to demonstrate how the scheme can help raise standards in fisheries in the world’s developing regions.
The industry-funded RFS VIP has been established for developing fisheries to benchmark skippers and vessels against the RFS standard. Clear and measurable time-bound milestones are established, based on the results of a verified self-assessment, producing a trajectory towards full compliance with the RFS.
A draft self-assessment toolkit has been developed and continues to be trialled in the Ben Tre mixed trawl fishery in Vietnam. The social-economic benefits of the RFS have created significant interest in the region, in particular the ‘care of the catch’ elements as poor handling practices result in a loss of marketable product.