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Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS).

Launched by Seafish, the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) is an assurance programme aimed at vessels and gear compliance. Working with our aquaculture team, LRQA conducts thorough audits to ensure vessels surpass basic safety and catching standards.

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The Responsible Fishing Scheme was first launched in 2006 as a response to market demand for full process chain assurance. After a review to modernise practices, it was relaunched in 2016 and is currently the only programme to certify both crew welfare and responsible catching practices. The modified certification also details a combined standard for single-handed and fully crewed vessels.

What are the benefits?

Comprehensive assurance

Evaluating the vessel and skipper(s), the scheme evaluates five key areas: safety, health and welfare; training and professional development; the vessel and its mission; care of the catch, and care for the environment. Certification to the scheme demonstrates a commitment to high-quality for vessels and crew.

Wider market access

Complimenting other fishery-based sustainability certifications, the RFS certification opens fisheries to wider market access and assured trade bodies. The scheme also certifies sustainability and environmental impact.

Training & development

The scheme is also one of the few fishery-specific initiatives that offer training and personal development for the crew. Accreditation covers key areas, including safety, skills training and how to cooperate with management authorities.

Traceability & quality

By evaluating the ‘care of the catch’ and ‘care for the environment’, the scheme provides a guarantee that all fish are safe, high-quality and have an approved provenance.

Why choose us?

Experience & expertise

Working towards the strategic direction and objectives of the RFS Oversight Board, our audit team offer a streamlined method of assessing vessels and their current catching practices. With specialist knowledge of compliance, our team can identify improvement areas and support your accreditation.

Year-round technical support

Members of the Responsible Fishing Scheme benefit from year-round technical guidance from our aquaculture team, ensuring that your business remains accredited and operates towards the highest possible standards.


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7 Feb 24


BRCGS Connect Europe 2024


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