US Seafood Gets Fair Trade Seal

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FILE - In this January 6, 2012 file photo, James Rich maneuvers a bulging net full of northern shrimp caught in the Gulf of Maine. (AP Photo/Robert Bukaty, File)

Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Patrick Whittle on April 16, 2017.

Fair trade coffee, bananas and … scallops? Yes, very soon.

Fair trade certification status, which is conferred by independent groups to denote environmental sustainability and fair working conditions, has been around for years. But it’s just now on the rise among seafood products in the US, where consumer interest in the story behind the fish and shellfish they eat is growing.

Certification of seafood products, including tuna and shrimp, began in 2014, and the volume of imports of such products grew more than 350 percent last year to more than 1.2 million pounds, said Fair Trade USA, a California-based nonprofit group. The first company to offer fair trade seafood harvested from US waters will have scallops on the market this month. …

Interest in the seafood supply chain has grown since an Associated Press investigation of slave labor conditions in Thailand’s shrimp fishery, said Ashley Apel, senior manager of the seafood program for Fair Trade USA. …

SF Chronicle 4/16

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