Key Traceability recently completed a study for Fair Trade USA to investigate the feasibility of expanding their capture fisheries programme into Europe. The Fair Trade USA capture fisheries standard sets minimum requirements for fishing workers, so that they receive a decent standard of living and a safe working environment. There are also environmental criteria that a fishery must meet in order to be certified.

The project involved Key Traceability staff carrying out interviews with major retailers to understand their needs and interest in fair trade certified seafood. We worked together with other international experts to review policies and data relating to fair trade products and seafood trade. The project covered France, the UK, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden.

We hope that the results enable Fair Trade USA to develop their capture fisheries certification programme in Europe to the benefit of fishing workers. And that we see the Fair Trade logo on seafood products in European supermarkets.