When consumers purchase a product with the Fair Trade CertifiedTM label, they know the fishermen and workers who produced it got a fair deal for their hard work. This means better prices and wages, safer working conditions, environmental protection, and additional Community Development Premiums to invest in much-needed projects like education, healthcare, and clean water.
The Fair Trade Capture Fisheries Standard was developed to provide the opportunity for fishers to demonstrate the core elements of Fair Trade in their practices, while helping them commercialize their product. The Standard is structured along the core Fair Trade USA principles that represent the main organizational objectives of:
The Fair Trade USA Capture Fishery Standard contains the requirements for participation of small-scale fishers in Fair Trade certification as members of a legal cooperative or through their partnership with a seafood importer, exporter, fish processor, or supporting organization such as an environmental non-profit, which functions as the certificate holder. In some cases, the certificate holder may choose to work with a third-party implementation partner. For example, the certificate holder may be a processor who partners with a local non-profit that works directly with fishermen and helps implement the Capture Fisheries program. As the certificate holder is ultimately responsible for compliance with this Standard, it is the certificate holder's responsibility to ensure the implementation partner is fulfilling its duties and undertaking the agreed upon tasks.
To participate in Fair Trade, fishers who are not already members of a cooperative form at least one democratically-run Fisher Association. The Fisher Association represents the views of fishers on any matters affecting their fishery, including:
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