In 2014, Fair Trade USA launched its Capture Fisheries Program in an effort to bring the benefits of Fair Trade to small-scale fishermen and their communities. We believe that supporting fishermen across the globe is critical to sustaining fish species for generations to come. Our goal is to see more resilient livelihoods in coastal communities, improved working and living conditions, increased supply and demand for responsibly sourced seafood, and enhanced environmental stewardship and ecosystem protection.
MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL (MSC)
A certificate for sustainable caught fish species recognisable by the blue label. Based on a code of conduct that implies responsable fishing, as drafted by the United Nations. It’s based on 3 basic principles: 1) the condition the (shell)fish or populations must be and stay healthy, 2) the impact of the fishery on the ecosystem should be limited and 3) fisheries management must be well organized, be demonstrably complied with and monitored.
INTERNATIONAL FOOD STANDARD AND BRITISH RETAIL CONSORTIUM
IFS & BRC
These are standards based on food safety. The goal of both certificates is to declare to multiple clients at the same time that all relevant aspects are under control. In the past, most clients (like supermarkets) did their own audit at the producer’s site. Now, that is no longer necessary when a producer holds this certificate. There are strict checks on management, control, traceability, hygiene, raw and packing materials and much more.
Our site holds the IFS Food v6 certificate with the highest possible score: Higher Level. Our producer of Tuna holds the BRC A-qualification which again is the highest possible score. This to ensure you of a safe and good product.
FRIEND OF THE SEA
A certificate focusing on sustainable, selective fishing methods to prevent by-catch, to prevent harming the seabed, be effective with waste