RESPONSIBLE FISHING VESSEL STANDARD
Although there have been initiatives toward putting up a social and ethical standard for production sites, there has not been a proper independent standard set for responsible catching practices for fishing vessels.
Launched by Seafish in 2016, the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) is a voluntary vessel-based assurance programme certifying high standards of crew welfare and responsible catching practices on board fishing vessels.
To ensure the Scheme remains up to date and is capable of being used internationally, Seafish launched a public procurement exercise in 2017 to find a not-for-profit entity to operate, manage and deliver the RFS on a global scale. As a result, the RFS is moving to a new home with Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) no later than May 2020. GSA is a not-for-profit organisation intended to offer full supply chain assurance for both wild and farmed seafood. As a key standard in this new ground-breaking international initiative, the RFS will be able to reach its full potential in helping to provide assurance to the whole seafood supply chain.
A key priority during the transition period is the development of the revised iteration of the RFS standard, a process jointly led by Seafish and GSA. It is the revised draft Standard criteria which are now open for public consultation. Further details to be follow soon. (Source Seafish website).
RD Fishing will be open to have our fishing vessels audited against this standard and we welcome an open dialogue with regard to life on board of our fishing vessels.