RS Leads Philippines based RD Fishing, Philbest Tuna a supply chain first to achieve Best Seafood Practices Certification

Our RS Lead Partner, Mike Platt has led the development of this Global first Fishing Vessel Standard and is delighted to be able to report that RD Fishing has achieved the first fleet certification to the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS) for its 12 tuna fishing vessels in the western and central Pacific Ocean. In addition, the Philippines tuna processing plant operated by Philbest Canning Co. has attained certification to the Seafood Processing Standard (SPS), Global Seafood Alliance the standards-holder announced the news on November 10. Peter Marshall, RS Founder played a key role in supporting the development of this processing standard.

The fish is harvested from a fishery certified to a Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)-recognized standard, which means that it represents the first seafood supply chain meeting Best Seafood Practices (BSP), which is operated by the Global Seafood Alliance.

RD Fishing operates purse-seine vessels harvesting skipjack, yellowfin and bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean, particularly countries comprising the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA).

BSP is the world’s only third-party certification program capable of providing third-party assurances linking responsible wild-capture fisheries to RFVS-certified vessels and SPS-certified facilities.

For more details on this work please contact Mike Platt – our Supply Chain Assurance Lead at


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