The RFVS is intended to be a globally applicable scheme to provide third party assurance of decent working conditions for the crew by demonstrating operational best practice from the catch to the quay, in line with internationally agreed protocols and guidelines.
The draft standard criteria being presented for consultation have been developed by Technical Working Groups, composed of industry representatives, NGOs, associated standard holders and experts from all sectors of the fishing industry and seafood supply chain, from across the UK and internationally. Further information on the Standard development process being followed, including FAQs, is available on RFVS development webpage.
To submit comments or feedback, stakeholders are asked to download the Public Comment Form and then submit the completed document to RFS@seafish.co.uk.
All comments submitted during the consultation period must be made via this official feedback process. The deadline to submit comments or feedback to the consultation is Monday 14 October.
This consultation is being undertaken to maintain engagement and invite stakeholders that may be directly or indirectly affected by this standard to submit additional feedback for consideration.
Feedback received will be acknowledged and will inform the development of the final draft of the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard. A synopsis of comments received will be released publicly to show acknowledgement and attribution.