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FAIR TRADE USA SUPPORTS SMALL FISHERIES IN INDONESIA

On 24 February 2015, Fair Trade USA announced a new partnership with one of world’s largest food and drug distributors, to launch Fair Trade certified seafood into the North American market.

After four years of research and meetings with industry experts, Fair Trade USA advanced the Fair Trade Fisheries programme. Starting with wild-capture tuna from small-scale fishermen in Indonesia, this programme aims to address both social and environmental responsibilities around the world. The main goal is to develop resilient livelihoods in impoverished coastal communities, improve working and living conditions, and strengthen an environmental-friendly resource management.

Similarly to other Fair Trade certified products, like cocoa, coffee, and tea, the Fisheries programme requires small-fishermen to source and trade products accordingly to standards which help to protect human rights, to prevent forced child labour, to establish safe working conditions, and to enable responsible resource management. Fair Trade is also promoting collaboration between fishermen communities, previously isolated. For every Fair Trade Certified tuna sold, they gain ten per cent of the dock-side price, which they can collectively invest in community projects, like education and healthcare.

 

The gLAWcal Team

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

(Source: 3bl Media)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.