The Responsible Fishing Scheme was launched at Fishing 2006 by Seafish and has been developed to raise standards in the catching sector. The Responsible Fishing Scheme was created in response to the changing needs of the seafood supply chain and marketplace. It allows fishermen to demonstrate a commitment to operating their vessels to the very highest standards.
The Scheme independently assesses and audits individual vessels against a specification drafted by the British Standards Institution (BSI) under guidance from the UK fishing industry. Vessels gaining this accreditation are recognised as having standards which reflect best practice in a number of areas:
Scottish vessels from the pelagic, whitefish and shellfish sectors were instrumental in working with Seafish to bring the Scheme into operation. Since its launch, we have seen a steady stream of Scottish boats going through the accreditation process. Today in 2010,
Scottish industry promotes this as a standard of responsible and committed operation, which forms a source of preferred supply for some Scottish seafood businesses. For details about Scottish vessels that have attained accreditation and information on how to apply, please visit the Responsible Fishing Scheme site at: http://rfs.seafish.org
Seafood Scotland is promoting the Responsible Fishing Scheme across all sectors, and continues to work closely with many vessels in the Scottish fleet that are already fully accredited.