The Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) is delighted to announce the opening of a stakeholder consultation for the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard (RFVS), one of the final stages in the benchmarking process against the SSCI Benchmarking Requirements for At-Sea Operations Version 1.0. RFVS is the first third-party certification scheme to apply for SSCI Benchmarking under the SSCI’s At-Sea Operations scope, and is also the second Benchmarking applicant to advance to the public consultation stage in the SSCI Benchmarking Process.

Brian Perkins, CEO of the Global Seafood Alliance, which owns the Responsible Fishing Vessel Standard, said, “Benchmarking fishing vessel standards that address crew welfare helps buyers, policymakers, vessel owners and consumers know that the standards are created, governed and audited in transparent ways that ensure best practices. Assurance is only one part of spotlighting crew welfare, but it is a very important tool in helping to ensure crew, particularly migrant crew, are working under good conditions on the vessels catching our seafood around the world.”

Why a Stakeholder Consultation

This important step of the SSCI Benchmarking Process ensures its transparency and robustness, inviting interested stakeholders to review and comment on the assessment carried out by SSCI and their independent Benchmark Leaders.

How to Get Involved

To participate, simply download the consultation documents here, and email your questions and comments to by 25th October 2022. 

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