Joint Commitment to Aquaculture Sustainability – The Fair Trade USA and Aquaculture Stewardship Council Collaboration
Fair Trade USA (FTUSA) has long been a driver of sustainable livelihoods, social responsibility and community development, via the application of robust and credible social and economic standards that support farms, fisheries and factories in a transition towards improved social welfare and environmental sustainability. The Capture Fisheries Standard for wild fisheries has been the cornerstone of the Fair Trade seafood program, since its inception in 2014 the program has generated significant additional income for fisherman and workers.
To build upon this success and recognizing the value of collaboration, FTUSA and the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deliver more socially and environmentally beneficial impact from aquaculture and to improve the livelihoods of farmers, workers, and the environment using the partners’ proven models. The ASC’s strength lies in its comprehensive and scientifically-driven certification and labeling program promoting more environmentally sustainable and socially responsible aquaculture production.
The expertise of both organizations will contribute to the shared goal of furthering improvement of social and environmental performance of the aquaculture industry. This joint initiative can create synergistic benefits, as well as, leverage systems efficiencies that reduce cost and capacity barriers, ultimately increasing the likelihood that small and medium sized producers will become certified against robust environmental and social standards. Fair Trade and ASC have had remarkable success in driving better performance and accountability through certification. This collaboration will allow producers to benefit from a livelihoods-approach to resource conservation and socially-responsibility to deliver efficient pathways for those that choose to seek certification.