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Portland Seafood Company Joins Fair Trade USA’s “Seafood Switch” Campaign by Calling on Shoppers to Choose Responsible Seafood on World Oceans Day
06/06/2017 - 1:56 PM

Portland, Maine – June 6, 2017 – With World Oceans Day arriving on June 8, Fair Trade USA has launched their Seafood Switch campaign, a grassroots effort encouraging shoppers to select responsibly sourced seafood. To help drive participation, Bristol Seafood is pleased to release a collection of easy to prepare recipes using Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients available across the country.

Fair Trade Certified™ seafood is a relatively new program that aims to address the environmental and humanitarian issues inherent within the fishing industry. This is accomplished through the implementation of rigorous standards designed to help safeguard the human rights of fisherman, promote safe working environments, and protect marine life. Fisherman also receive financial support via the Community Development Fund. This money is raised through a percentage of each dockside sale of Fair Trade product, allowing for investment in things like education, infrastructure, and healthcare.

“Fishermen’s wellbeing is critical to addressing environmental concerns in the seafood industry,” said Julie Kuchepatov, Director of Seafood at Fair Trade USA.  “Thanks to Fair Trade, shoppers can support both the oceans and the people who fish them every time they buy seafood.”

Portland, Maine-based Bristol Seafood is committed to enhancing sustainability within the fishing industry, and in 2017, became the first company to provide a domestically harvested Fair Trade seafood product with the launch of their certified North Atlantic Sea Scallop.

“For us, finding the highest-quality product comes hand-in-hand with social responsibility,” said Peter Handy, President and CEO of Bristol Seafood, “it is equally as important to ensure that all of our products are uncompromised and based on sustainable practices. The Fair Trade certification is a powerful, third-party validation of our beliefs, and we hope these recipes encourage everyone to make the seafood switch on World Oceans Day and beyond.”

The six recipes in this release are diverse in taste and style, and incorporate Fair Trade Certified™ seafood available at retailers across the United States, including Bristol’s North Atlantic Sea Scallop.  Written by Portland-based chef Brett Cary, they capture the essence of summer with a heart-healthy design and vary in degree of difficulty. For more information on the recipes, please visit Bristol Seafood’s website.

About Bristol Seafood

Bristol provides quality seafood to people who care about what they eat. Founded in 1992, the company enjoys a nationwide following due to steadfast adherence to its uncompromising Maine standards. Bristol pairs efficiency-building technologies with finishing done the old-fashioned way – by hand. Through its commitment to embracing sustainable practices, Bristol became the first company to introduce a Fair Trade seafood product harvested in US waters with the Fair Trade Certified™ Sea Scallop. In 2016, Bristol reported record sales for the second consecutive year, and shipped more than six million pounds of seafood from its facility on the Portland Fish Pier. The company is the first and only processor of mussels, scallops, or fillets in the state of Maine to earn a Safe Quality Food Institute certification.

Visit www.BristolSeafood.com for more information

About Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers; protects fragile ecosystems; and builds strong, transparent supply chains through independent, third-party certification. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ label signifies that rigorous standards have been met in the production, trade and promotion of Fair Trade products from over 80 countries across the globe. Recognized as a leading social venture by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Skoll Foundation and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also provides critical capacity-building programs at origin, and educates consumers about the power of their purchase.

Visit www.FairTradeUSA.org for more information.

Contact:

Chris Cary

press@bristolseafood.com

PO Box 486

Portland, ME 04112

Ph: 207-807-5346