Like their developing country counterparts in agriculture, many fishing communities struggle to sustain and improve their livelihoods while responsibly managing their resources. There are 120 million people working in primary & secondary fish livelihoods. 90% of this labor force is based in the global south and small-scale fishing boats catch over half of global fish supply. This represents a $70B global business of over 100M metric tons of fish traded per year. If you are currently working with, or know of, a fishery where the fishermen, community, and local resources could benefit from Fair Trade, please fill out our questionnaire .
Creating Sustainable Livelihoods for Marine Communities
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.
The Capture Fisheries Program uses a step-wise approach that requires improvement of social, economic, and environmental conditions over time. Learn More About the Program Here .