The Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) is a
voluntary vessel based programme certifying high standards of crew welfare and
responsible catching practices on fishing vessels.
The RFS is open to all types of commercial fishing vessels It is a ‘business- to-business’ tool to
help fishermen showcase best practice through independent,
The RFS was launched in January 2016 to facilitate the
market demand for independent due diligence audits of fishing vessels.
The RFS Standard was developed, and is continually reviewed, under the direction of an independent Oversight
Board, made up of representatives of the UK catching sector, processors,
retailers, safety experts and ethical NGOs. The RFS is currently
operating under version 1 of the Standard
, which requires
documented evidence regarding crew welfare, safety practices and employment
further information please visit www.seafish.org/rfs