Standard Revision: Capture Fisheries Standard

Fair Trade USA® is pleased to announce the beginning of a 60-day public consultation on the Draft Capture Fisheries Standard (CFS) 2.0.0. We invite you to provide feedback on the draft of the revised CFS via our online form during the public consultation phase, which runs October 5–December 5, 2020.

Fair Trade USA’s CFS is open for public consultation now until December 5, 2020.

In mid-2019, Fair Trade USA began the first major revision to update our CFS. The Fair Trade USA CFS defines the requirements for fishers and associated processing facilities to obtain fair trade certification. The standard was first published in 2014 and underwent a minor revision in 2017. During the past six years of implementation, we have gleaned valuable insights that have informed this major revision of the CFS. This revision is being carried out in order to ensure that the standard continues to be relevant and impactful in all types of wild-capture seafood supply chains, and to improve upon the clarity of existing requirements for different contexts.

We invite you to provide feedback on the draft of the revised CFS during the public consultation phase, which runs October 5–December 5, 2020.

We encourage you to review and provide feedback on the consultation questions which are integrated into the Draft CFS and highlighted in our public comment form.

How you can contribute

Step 1: Gain an overview

  • Understand the basic principles of the fair trade model. Our Why Fair Trade page is a great place to start.

  • Review the Draft CFS 2.0.0 (below) to familiarize yourself with the content as well as changes in this revision. The Draft CFS also includes consultation questions for you to consider.

  • Read Fair Trade USA's updated Requirements for Certificate Scope Under the CFS (below).

  • Review the CFS Revision Project Plan (below) to learn more about our process, timeline, and objectives.

  • Review the CFS Scoring Guidance to better understand the new structure of the CFS.

  • Learn more about our Theory of Change.


Step 2: Share your feedback with us

  • Review and provide comments via our Online Public Comment Form (available in EN, ES, and ID). This form contains targeted questions about the Draft CFS 2.0.0, space for additional comments about the CFS, as well as space for comments on the Requirements for Certificate Scope.  

  • If you’re unable to use the online comment form, please download a PDF version of the Draft CFS Public Comment Form, complete it and email it to

  • Invite your colleagues and friends to participate and help us ensure that the CFS drives positive impact at origin and meets the needs of producers, workers, traders, consumers, and businesses. 

NOTE: The draft is available in both English and Spanish, and the public comment form is available in English, Spanish, and Bahasa Indonesian.


The Draft CFS, which we now present for public comment, was developed based off a review of learnings from the field and interviews with a selection of partners, producers, and experts from across different supply chains. This Draft CFS aims to improve upon existing requirements to bring more benefit to producers in the fair trade system and increase value and efficiency for all supply chain partners. In doing so, the structure of the CFS has been altered to best achieve desired outcomes, and to streamline the certification experience for different kinds of supply chains. Please review the CFS Scoring Guidance for details on the structural changes to the standard.

Next Steps

This public consultation is part of Fair Trade USA’s commitment to transparency and diverse stakeholder input. Our Standard Development and Revision Procedure outlines the process we use to write and revise all our standards. This process is based on the ISEAL Code of Good Practice for setting Social and Environmental Standards. Feedback from public consultation will inform the finalization of the CFS version 2.0.0. A summary of the comments received, along with our responses, will be published along with the final standard. The final standard will be published in the first semester of 2020, with the exact dates to be determined based on the extent and content of feedback received during the public consultation. The standard will then be revised within five years of publication, in accordance with best practices in standard-setting.  

We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for your interest in and support of fair trade.

Revision resources

CFS Project Plan

Draft CFS 2.0.0

Draft Requirements for Certificate Scope under the CFS

Offline Public Comment Form

CFS Major Revision FAQ

Draft Score System Guide for the CFS