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Fishermen Safety at Core of New Responsible Fishing Scheme

28 January 2016

UK - A new video released by Seafish looks at some of the changes to its Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) including the addition of ethical and welfare criteria.

Seafish initially launched the scheme in 2006 however, following recent slavery issues that have been reported internationally, have newly revised the scheme to include health and safety of crew on board.

Certification to the RFS requires an independent, audited assessment of the application of good practice by an individual vessel and its skipper and crew.

The assessment considers the following five aspects of the fishing vessel operation:

  • Safety, health and welfare
  • Care of the catch, including storage, handling, hygiene and quality management
  • Training and professional development of the skipper and crew
  • Care of the environment use of selective fishing technology, reduction of discards, management of waste and discharges
  • The vessel and its mission meaning it complies with all regulation regarding fishing gear, where it fishes and what it catches

For more information, visit the Seafish RFS website - http://www.seafish.org/rfs/

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