Fair Trade standards

Rigorous standards are the way we fulfill our mission and deliver full benefits to producers and businesses we work with. They are tailor-made for each industry to ensure that we’re all working together toward the same goal. Earning Fair Trade certification is an ongoing process, and we’re here to help you succeed.

Capture Fisheries Standard (CFS)

CFS Overview

Outlines the requirements and main compliance criteria of the Capture Fisheries Standard.


Requirements and compliance criteria for wild caught fisheries to build strong fishing communities and healthy oceans.


Completing this application is the first step in receiving an audit for your products.



Provides definitions for the terminology used in the Fair Trade standards, compliance criteria, and associated documents.

Price and Premium Information

A complete list of Fair Trade Premium amounts and Fair Trade Minimum Prices for all products we currently certify. Products with special price terms are further explained in Special Price and Premium Terms.

Requirements for Certificate Scope

Policy defining the entities and activities which must be included in the scope of the Certificate, and thus the audit, under the CFS.

Supporting guidance

Productivity and Susceptibility Analysis

May be used to determine a fish stock's risk to overfishing using both biological data and information about the fishery.

Our global model

Standards are the framework of our global model. By adhering to them, you enable income sustainability, community and individual well-being, empowerment, and environmental stewardship. Learn more about our global model to get the big picture, see the quality standards we set for our own organization, or report an issue.

How we set and revise our standards

Standards development and revision

In accordance with ISEAL, the Capture Fisheries Standard will be reviewed at least every five years. The next major revision is planned for 2018-2019.

Handling complaints

To submit a formal complaint against the Fair Trade standard-setting process, or to see how we handle complaints, download our Procedural Complaints Policy (in English, en Español).

Legacy standards

Any time we update our standards, we will give our partners a transition period to comply with any new changes. During that time, both old and new versions of the standard will be available online.