First Vessel to receive Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) Certificate

Mike Platt, RS Standards Partner, was the lead Consultant in the development of this new Standard and is delighted that this key milestone has now been reached.

Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) have announced that the first Vessel to achieve the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) has been awarded the RFVS Certificate by Lloyd’s Register.

The vessel, Antarctic Discovery, belongs to Australian Longline Fishing, operating in a Patagonian and Antarctic Toothfish Fishery certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). In January 2021, they became the first fishing Company in the World to have a Vessel certified to the Global Seafood Assurances Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard.

The 56m longliner Vessel carries a Crew of 20-25, plus two observers, for trips into very challenging waters, often for a couple of months at a time.

“We were very keen to get independent, credible, certification that we recruit and care for our crews in accordance with global conventions. Our customers need that assurance. Now we can demonstrate that we are caring for both the fish and the people who harvest them, and we all feel good about that” commented Malcolm McNeill, Managing Director of Australian Longline Fishing.

Preparation and timing were cited as key to a successful audit by Marty Johnson, Vessel Coordinator. “Spending time discussing what we needed to prepare, with Global Seafood Assurance and with Lloyds Register, helped make sure we used audit time efficiently. We plan to have a second vessel audited in a few months and will be even better prepared”.

Global Seafood Assurances currently have 12 audit pilots underway or in preparation covering very different types of vessels, operations and locations around the world from Russia to the Philippines, Africa to the UK.

If you have any questions or would like to know how to apply for the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard please contact RFVS@seafoodassurances.org

Alternatively, our RS Standards Lead Partner, Mike Platt would be happy to answer any inquiries on this new Program – Mike.Platt@rsstandards.com

Mike Platt

Lead Partner