The Responsible Fishing Scheme

The Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) is a third-party certification scheme developed by industry to recognise vessels with high standards of crew welfare and responsible catching practices. It has moved to a new home as part of a ground-breaking international initiative helping to provide assurance to the whole seafood supply chain.

The next iteration of the RFS, the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS), has been developed in partnership by Seafish and Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) using a robust and collaborative standard development process.

The RFVS is owned and operated by GSA globally. For more information on the RFVS, visit the RFVS page on the GSA website. 

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RFS Resources

  • RFS Member Transition to RFVS
  • Transition to GSA

The next iteration of the RFS, the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) has now been published. Supporting current RFS members through the transition to the new standard remains a top priority.

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North Atlantic Pelagic Advocacy Group established to drive improvements in management of fisheries

24 June 2020
A new supply chain led initiative, focused on driving improvements to the management of the North East Atlantic fisheries for mackerel, herring and blue whiting has been established.
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