The charges for applying and joining the scheme are as laid out below. All the charges are based in Pound Sterling (£). These charges were effective as of 1st January 2018. Any changes made to the invoice after being submitted to the applicant, due to wrong details or currency for example, will incur an administration charge of £50.

Please see the download section for a more detailed breakdown of costs, examples and the principles and formula for sharing IFFO RS Fishery assessment costs.

Note: The 2018 fishery assessment charges will be effective upon the next full Whole Fish assessment that is due in order to complete the approval cycle. The 2018 by-product assessments will be effective from January 2018. 

Item Pound Sterling (£) Assessment Activity



Annual charge/company



Annual charge/factory



Whole fish Fisheries Assessment/Species (if prior to next full Whole Fish Assessment due: V1.6)


Full assessment every 3rd year



Minor assessment after years 1 & 2



Whole fish Fisheries Assessment (Initial and next due full Whole Fish Assessment due: 2.0) 

Baseline 7,250 M1, M2, F1, F2, F3 Species characterisation
Category A Species 1,250 A1, A2, A3, A4
Category B Species 1,500 Disqualification from CAT A the Risk Assessment 
Category C Species 250 C1
Category D Species 500 Disqualified from CAT C the Risk Assessment 

Whole Fish Fisheries Assessment - Surveillance Assessments  V2.0 (after years 1 & 2) 

Baseline 1,500 M1, M2, F1, F2, F3 update on management system, any changes in regulations
Category A Species 500 Refresh key areas - current stock status, B/Bmsy;F/Fmsy
Category B Species 250 Short review to confirm B category accuracy
Category C Species 200 Short review to confirm - current stock status & that species is not overfished. Where overfishing occurs; risk that approved fishery is impacting
Category D Species 100 Short review to confirm D category accuracy & productivity & that attributes remains same for susceptibility 

Fisheries By-product Assessment - Full assessment and Surveillance set price





Category C Species 


Category D Species  300   

Fisheries By-product from Aquaculture

Full assessment and Surveillance set price 125  

Shared Whole fish Fisheries Assessment between countries* (V1.6)

Full assessment every 3rd year 6,500  
Minor assessment after years 1 & 2** 2,300  

Shared Full Whole Fisheries Assessment between Countries * (V2.0)

Baseline £6,000.00  
Category A Species  £500.00  
Category B Species  £500.00  
Category C Species £100.00  
Category D Species  £150.00  

Shared Surveillance Whole Fisheries Assessment / between Countries**

Baseline £1,300.00  
Category A Species  £200.00  
Category B Species  £200.00  
Category C Species  £80.00  
Category D Species  £45.00  

On Site Audit


Paid to local auditor every year


*One fishery with shared management between other countries. For example, Blue whiting fishery shared by UK, Norway, Denmark and Iceland, Cost shown is per country    
**Only shared fishery surveillance assessment costs can be shared between interested countries.