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?
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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