Fair Trade USA Capture Fisheries Standard The Fair Trade Premium Plan follows the Fair Trade Premium

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  • What is Fair Trade? When consumers choose a product with the Fair Trade CertifiedTM seal, they know it was made with respect for the fishermen and workers who produced it. This means decent prices and wages, safer working conditions, environmental protection, and additional Community Development Funds to invest in much-needed projects like education, healthcare, and clean water.

    How Will Fishermen & Fisheries Benefit from Fair Trade? • More Resilient Livelihoods in Coastal

    Communities: Fair Trade standards ensure safe working and living conditions and fair prices.

    • Greater Access to Capital: Fishermen can use the Fair Trade Premium to invest in projects that improve the welfare of the community.

    • Enhanced Environmental Stewardship: Fair Trade criteria include responsible resource management and ecosystem protection.

    Harnessing the Power of the Conscious Consumer The Fair Trade USA certification seal is now recognized by over 63% of North Americans. Consumers are actively committed to purchasing Fair Trade Certified products throughout the grocery aisle including coffee, chocolate and produce, and will now have the option to purchase Fair Trade seafood.

    How Will Business Benefit from Fair Trade? • Differentiate Products by Introducing

    Socially Responsible Seafood: Fair Trade USA is the first to offer industry and consumers a holistic choice in sourcing responsible wild caught seafood by addressing social, economic, and environmental criteria. Fishermen earn a Fair Trade Premium which they use to invest in important community projects which help improve their livelihoods.

    • Improved Traceability and Supply Chain Stability by reducing supply chain risks: Fair Trade Certified products are traceable through the entire supply chain, helping to improve business practices. Fishermen that are registered with the Fair Trade program are more committed to selling directly to registered Fair Trade buyers – securing a more stable, mutually beneficial supply chain over the long term.

    • Improving Fisheries Management: The Fair Trade USA Capture Fisheries Standard reviews the resource management of the fishery to ensure that it is managed legally and responsibly. This includes documentation, data collection, stock assessments, biodiversity/ecosystems protections, and proper waste management.

    How can I learn more about Fair Trade? For more information about Fair Trade USA and the Capture Fisheries Standard, visit us online at FairTradeCertified.org or email us at seafood@fairtradeusa.org.

    How to Use this Document The following pages summarize the requirements of the Capture Fisheries Standard. This tool can be used to understand the main compliance criteria over the course of Fair Trade’s six-year program. It also allows fishermen and their partners to assess a fishery’s ability to comply with the Capture Fisheries Standard in consideration of criteria requirements at Year 0, 1, 3 and 6. For full details, read the CFS and associated policies which can be found online at FairTradeCertified.org.

    Fair Trade U S A Capture Fisheries Standard

  • F A I R T R A D E U S A tracks payment of Community Development Premiums back to the fishing communities.

    P R O C E S S O R S prepare and package fish

    for export to consumer countries.

    B U Y E R S retailers and food service providers label and sell

    Fair Trade CertifiedTM products.

    C O N S U M E R S make their seafood purchases matter by choosing Fair Trade

    Certified products.

    F I S H E R M E N catch marine products

    and meet Fair Trade standards.

    F I S H E R M E N decide how to invest

    Community Development Premiums.

    T H E F L O W O F Goods and Impacts Fair Trade Fisheries

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    F O R Fair Trade Fisheries

    Standards for Resource Management

    ensure that fisheries are management legally and responsibly, and require

    documentation, data collection, stock assessments, biodiversity/ecosystems

    protections, and proper waste management.

    Standards for Empowerment & Community Development guide how the Certificate Holder and the FTC will collect, manage, and disburse the Fair Trade Premium to the benefit of the community and the fishery.

    Standards for Fundamental Human Rights

    help prevent discrimination and abuse, eliminate forced labor

    and human trafficking, protect children, and ensure workers have the freedom to organize.

    Standards for Wages, Working Conditions

    & Access to Services help standardize and

    improve wages and benefits, as well as working conditions including health and safety

    and working hours.

    Standards for Trade Requirements

    provide a framework for tracking Fair Trade

    products and ensure Fair Trade agreements between

    fishermen, the Certificate Holder, and others are

    bound by a contract.

    The StandardsStandards for Structural Requirementsoutline the duties and requirements for parties involved in Fair Trade, including the Certificate Holder (CH), the Fishing Association (FA), and the Fair Trade Committee (FTC).

    All Fishermen

    Fair Trade Registered

    Fishermen / Fishing


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    Minimum for cert ification. Requirements increase gradual ly.

    C E R T I F I C A T I O N

    Certificate Holder (STR-CH) Appoint a contact person for the certification process.

    Participate in announced and unannounced audits.

    Ensure implementation partners understand their responsibilities.

    Keep a list of Registered Fishermen and their boats. Ensure all boats are legally registered and licensed. Fishermen understand the Fair Trade program and voluntarily participate.

    Document landing sites and locations where Fair Trade products are handled. Ensure handling sites have agreed to participate in the Fair Trade program.

    Create funding strategies to ensure program continuity.

    Support empowerment and independent certification of the fishermen.

    Meet regularly with the Fishing Association.

    Ensure the costs of inputs and services available, transparent, and coherent.

    Create and maintain an Internal Management System. Assess the risks of non-compliance.

    Improve fishermen’s understanding of financial management.

    Update the risk assessment every 3 years.

    Fishing Association (STR-FA) Form a Fishing Association, with a mission statement, defined rules, and an annual meeting of all members. Ensure fishermen know when meetings are scheduled.

    Elect a leadership team. All members are eligible for nomination and able to vote. Voting is free, fair, and transparent. Ensure delegate systems offer representation to all members.

    Ensure Association records are available to all members.

    Define internal rules to determine who can become a member. New member requests must be agreed upon.

    Appoint at least one member to be responsible for administration and bookkeeping.

    If multiple Associations make decisions together, a delegate system exists.

    Fair Trade Committee (STR-FTC) Elect the Fair Trade Committee through a free, fair, and transparent voting process. Ensure the Committee delegate systems offer representation to all members.

    Ensure Committee members understand their responsibilities, fishermen understand the role of the Committee, and are represented by only one Committee.

    Record decisions with meeting minutes signed by the Committee and shared with the Registered Fishermen.

    Hold General Assembly meetings at least once a year with all Premium Participants. Ensure Participants know when meetings are scheduled, and that meetings adhere to meeting procedures.

    Record Assembly decisions and participation through meeting minutes. Minutes are signed by the Committee leadership and at least one Registered Fisherman.

    The Fair Trade Committee is legally registered.

    If multiple Committees make decisions together and use one joint Fair Trade Premium Plan, an overarching leadership team exists. All Committees meet at least once a year.

    Structural Requirements for F A I R T R A D E U S A Certification

    Y 0 Y 1 Y 3 Y 6

    Y 0 Y 1 Y 3 Y 6

    Y 0 Y 1 Y 3 Y 6

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    Minimum for cert ification. Requirements increase gradual ly.

    C E R T I F I C A T I O N

    Y 0 Y 1 Y 3 Y 6

    Y 0 Y 1 Y 3 Y 6

    Empowerment & Community Development Requirements for

    Development & Management of the Fair Trade Premium Plan (ECD-DM)* A Needs Assessment is conducted by the Certificate Holder and identifies development needs where Fair Trade Premium can help Registered Fishermen, crew members, workers, community, and natural resources.

    The Needs Assessment is used to create a Fair Trade Premium Plan, including projects, budgets, and timelines.

    The Fair Trade Premium Plan follows the Fair Trade Premium Expenditure Rules.

    The Plan is updated annually and approved at a General Assembly meeting.

    If a qualified third party is helping to make progress toward achieving the Plan, the third party is vetted by the Fair Trade Committee.

    The Plan includes at least one project to benefit workers that are not Premium Participants. *This section is applicable at first use of the Fair Trade Premium or the year listed, whichev