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.

The first comment period for the draft Fair Trade Capture Fisheries Standard closed on May 30, 2014. Fair Trade USA sincerely thanks all of our partners, colleagues, and stakeholders for providing important, thorough, and thoughtful feedback. Much of the feedback we received was incorporated into the finalized Standard. Our responses to your comments can be downloaded here. The finalized Capture Fisheries Standard and accompanying documents can be found here.

A Collaborative Approach to Fair Trade Fisheries

Since 2012, we have been in conversations with fishing communities, marine conservation specialists, marine certification experts, and market partners throughout the supply chain. Each of these allies continue to play key roles in the program’s development, refinement, and implementation.

In May 2013, The Fair Trade Fisheries Advisory Council (FAC) was elected to consult on the conservation, economic, and applied aspects of Fair Trade Fisheries program.

Members include:



Amanda Lejbowicz

COBI (Mexico)

Blane Olson

Anova Seafood

Brad Spear

Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

Dick Jones

Resiliensea Group

Duncan Leadbitter

Marine Change

Dr. Eny Buchary

Stockholm Resilience Center

Fabian Mollet

Blueyou Consulting

Dr. Jorge Jimenez

MarViva (Costa Rica)

Meghan Jeans

New England Aquarium

Miguel Jorge

50 in 10 Collaborative

René Benguerel

Blueyou Consulting

Sian Morgan

SCS Global Services

Tim Fitzgerald

Environmental Defense Fund

Tobias Aguirre


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.

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact