Welcome to the Responsible Fishing Scheme

The Responsible Fishing Scheme has been developed to raise standards in the catching sector, enabling those within the seafood supply chain to demonstrate their commitment to the responsible sourcing of seafood.

The RFS is the only global standard that audits compliance on board fishing vessels, including ethical and welfare criteria.

This world leading scheme was developed by industry, for industry and recognises vessels with high standards of crew welfare and responsible catching practices.

The public consultation on the RFVS draft standard criteria has now closed, but informal feedback continues to be invited throughout the development process. Click the button below to find out more.


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This document is the Responsible Fishing Scheme Standard. It lays out the requirements of the Responsible Fishing Scheme, and the level of performance that applicants are certified against in order to become a member of the RFS.

RFS Standard PDF

Latest News:

North Sea cod stock update

18 December 2019
Recent EU-Norway negotiations at the December Fisheries Council have agreed a 50 percent cut to North Sea cod quota for next year. This follows the publication of catch advice by the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES).
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