In October 2014, 4 fishermen associations became certified against the first Fair Trade Wild Capture Fisheries standard making it the first fishery in the world to meet this standard. Since August 2013, Fishing & Living, MDPI, Anova USA, Fair Trade USA and, of course, the fishermen, have been working continuously to bring the Central Maluku Yellowfin tuna fishery to Fair Trade certification. It has not been an easy journey but it has certainly been a worthwhile one! Since then, 21 fishermen associations (over 500 fishermen) have become certified. The map below shows their locations. To learn more about our implementation partner in the field and their activities visit the MDPI website or watch this video.
Fair Trade’s 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. Fishermen and their communities receive a premium for their products which is then reinvested in environmental and community projects. The philosophy of Fair Trade certification is directly in line with Fishing & Living’s vision that sustainable fisheries go hand in hand with thriving fishing communities. To learn more about the standard and Fair Trade USA, visit the Fair Trade USA website.
FairTrade product is currently available under Anova’s Natural Blue brand.
Fair Trade’s Impact on Buru’s Fishing Community