The RFA members ascribe to the following principle of responsible fishing practices:

  1. Sustainability:
    • All species traded should be sourced from a sustainable fishery or from a fishery in a credible improvement project; and
    • All relevant staff should be equipped with the skills to implement responsible fishing practices at sea.
  2. Transparency:
    •  The impacts of all fishing operations on endangered, threatened, protected and vulnerable species, including finfish, seabirds, sharks and turtles should be recorded and minimised;
    • All fishing operations should be adequately monitored either by observers or electronic monitoring;
    • Where appropriate, voluntary catch data should be submitted in support of agreed upon fisheries improvement projects; and
    • Information required by consumers to make informed choices about the sustainability of either seafood products should be publicly available and easily accessible.
  3. Traceability:
    • All species traded should be traceable throughout the supply chain back to their source fisheries; and
    • Accurate fisheries data for all fishing operations should be timeously submitted to the relevant regulatory authority.
  4. Social responsibility:
    • Working conditions should be safe and basic human rights should be maintained across all operations.