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Responsible Fishing Scheme

The Responsible Fishing Scheme has been developed to raise standards in the catching sector. The Responsible Fishing Scheme was created in response to the needs of the seafood supply chain to demonstrate their commitment to the responsible sourcing of seafood. The aim is that over time it will become a condition of supply.

Based on a Publicly Available Specification from the British Standards Institution (BSi), the Responsible Fishing Scheme is an independent, audited assessment of the application of good practice by a vessel skipper and crew in their fishing operations.

It covers four key areas, namely:
- Fishing practices.
- Vessel criteria.
- Crew competence.
- Environmental considerations.

Some Questions and Answers about RFS 

We are frequently asked questions relating to to the Responsible Fishing Scheme for example, what is it about, do other industries have similar schemes, what does it involve, how much will it cost, what are the benefits etc etc. So to answer these questions and many others we have put together the following document, which we feel will be well worth viewing. Please click on the following link to view  RFS - Questions and Answers        

What are the benefits of the scheme?

The Responsible Fishing Scheme demonstrates that a vessel operates to industry good practice guidelines. The scheme gives an assurance to the supply chain that fish from the vessel has been caught responsibly.  It will also give the vessel a tool to allow them to positively position themselves in the global marketplace.

For further details on the benefits of being a member of the scheme please view the section   RFS- Benefits for members.