Seafish appoints new certifying body for the Responsible Fishing Scheme

May 17, 2011 14:13

Seafish, the authority on seafood, has announced that Global Trust Certification has been appointed as the new certification body for the Responsible Fishing Scheme (RFS), reports with reference to Seafish.

Developed in 2006 by Seafish, the Responsible Fishing Scheme is an independent, audited assessment of the application of good practice by a vessel skipper and crew in their fishing operations.

Global Trust Certification will undertake the auditing process for the scheme from 1 June 2011 under a three year contract. Vessels in Shetland will be audited by Scottish Food Quality Certification although certificates will be issued by Global Trust Certification.

 As the certifying body, Global Trust Certification will be responsible for the auditing of both new entrants to the scheme and vessels whose three year certification has expired.

Mick Bacon, Seafish Project Manager for the RFS, said: "Global Trust join us with a proven track record in fisheries program certification and have committed to providing an efficient, flexible and affordable service to new and existing members alike."

Peter Marshall, CEO of Global Trust Certification, said: "Winning this contract is a proud moment for Global Trust Certification and we look forward to working with Seafish and the UK fishing industry in this important industry scheme."

There are over 600 UK registered vessels actively involved with the scheme, with approximately 300 now fully certified.

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