Alison Kay vessel. (Photo: Photo courtesy: Ashley Ritch)
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UNITED KINGDOMFriday, September 29, 2017,02:30 (GMT + 9)Seafish& 39;s Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) has certified


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Friday, September 29, 2017, 02:30 (GMT + 9)


Seafish's Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS) has certified its 100th vessel, marking a significant milestone for the scheme that recognises fishing vessels demonstrating best practice in fishing operations and crew welfare.

The scheme certifying the vessel, Alison Kay, involved in whitefish capture, is independently audited by specialist Certification Body, Acoura Marine and backed by major supermarkets and food service providers, including M&S and Direct Seafoods.

The vessel is owned by skipper James Anderson, who pointed out: "This qualification under the scheme both reassures my crew and those who buy my product know that I am doing everything within my power to have the safest voyages possible."

RFS has also welcomed its first entire fleet onto the scheme. Interfish, which operates out of the Port of Plymouth, now has all ten vessels in its fleet certified.

Launched in 2016 the Responsible Fishing Scheme requires vessels and skippers to demonstrate they are operating to industry recognised best practise in five core areas: health, safety and crew welfare, training and professional development, the vessel and its mission, care of the catch, and care for the environment.

The scheme provides skippers and vessel owners with an opportunity to be recognised for their dedication to a responsibly sourced catch and the safety and welfare of their crews.

To date 28 leading UK seafood processors, value-added manufacturers, retailers and food service suppliers have committed to incorporate the RFS into their sourcing policies, including Youngs Seafood, and Icelandic Seachill (owner of the Saucy Fish Co brand).

The RFS also aims to raise standards across fishing fleets and to help UK fishermen prepare to comply with the ILO C188 Work in Fishing Convention. Due to be implemented in 2018, ILO188 sets an international minimum standard regulating living and working conditions on board fishing vessels.

"Achieving these two milestones shows the continued growth of the scheme, while the range of RFS members shows that certification is achievable for both large and small vessels, and that it's open to vessels across the country, from Shetland to Cornwall,” stressed Aoife Martin, Operations Director at Seafish.

The director would like to encourage all vessels that are adhering to best practice to apply to join this global standard.

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