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Mexican shrimp fishery got first Fair Trade USA certificate in the country

Staff writer |
Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) said a Mexican shrimp fishery involved in a long-term improvement project (FIP) is now eligible for Fair Trade USA (FTUSA)’s capture fisheries standard.

The certification is the first for Mexico and a first for shrimp fisheries worldwide.

“In partnership with SFP, we are excited to celebrate the first Fair Trade Certified seafood in Mexico,” said Ashley Apel, the seafood program manager at FTUSA.

“By purchasing seafood that is both socially ethical and responsibly harvested, consumers can have a direct, positive impact on fishing communities in Sinaloa.”

Del Pacifico Seafoods, based in Hermosa Beach, California, holds the certification, along with its supplier MHMR International, which has eight small-scale cooperatives of artisanal shrimp producers in Sinaloa, Mexico currently participating in the FIP.

To earn the certification, the producers had to meet a series of detailed criteria which is designed to promote worker empowerment, local economic development, social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

The Sinaloa fishery began the audit process for certification in September 2015 and received certification in January 2016.

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