15 Mar Fair Trade Certified
Portland, ME – March 15, 2017 – Bristol Seafood is proud to announce the world’s first Fair Trade Certified™ domestic seafood product: North Atlantic Sea Scallops. Caught by fishermen in New England, Fair Trade scallops are expected to debut on retail shelves on the east and west coasts starting in April.
After months of research and consultation, Bristol helped bring Fair Trade USA’s seafood program to the U.S. The goal is to build sustainable livelihoods in domestic fishing communities, improve working conditions, and protect local marine life.
“We are very proud to be the first to introduce Fair Trade Certified seafood harvested in the United States,” said Peter Handy, President and CEO of Bristol Seafood. “All of our products are based on integrity and sustainable practices, and Fair Trade certification gives our customers third-party validation that we operate in a socially responsible manner as well.”
Similar to other Fair Trade Certified product categories like coffee, tea, cocoa, produce, apparel and coconut, domestic Fair Trade seafood certification requires fishermen to source and trade according to rigorous, independently audited standards. These standards help to protect fundamental human rights, prevent forced and child labor, establish safe working conditions, and protect the environment.
“The certification is very exciting for us,” said Julie Kuchepatov, Seafood Director at Fair Trade USA. “Fair Trade will empower scallop fishermen to contribute to the social and environmental well-being of the fishery while also earning premium to invest in the larger community. We look forward to working with Bristol in the future to bring the benefits of Fair Trade to even more fishermen.”
About Bristol Seafood
Bristol provides quality seafood to people who care about what they eat. Founded in 1992, the company enjoys a nationwide following due to steadfast adherence to its uncompromising Maine standards. Bristol pairs efficiency-building technologies with finishing done the old-fashioned way – by hand. In 2016, Bristol reported record sales for the second consecutive year, and shipped more than six million pounds of seafood from its facility on the Portland, Maine fish pier. The company is the first and only processor of mussels, scallops, or fillets in the state of Maine to earn a Safe Quality Food Institute certification, and the first company to introduce a Fair Trade certified seafood item harvested in US waters.
Learn more at www.bristolseafood.com.
About Fair Trade USA
Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers; protects fragile ecosystems; and builds strong, transparent supply chains through independent, third-party certification. Its trusted Fair Trade Certified™ label signifies that rigorous standards have been met in the production, trade and promotion of Fair Trade products from over 80 countries across the globe. Recognized as a leading social venture by the Clinton Global Initiative, the Skoll Foundation and Ashoka, Fair Trade USA also provides critical capacity-building programs at origin, and educates consumers about the power of their purchase.
Learn more at www.FairTradeUSA.org.