• Seafood entrepreneur: Seafood innovation’s international facilitator

    • Jeanine Stewart
    • April 20, 2017

    It’s getting competitive to hob-nob with seafood startups and industry innovators.

    They're increasingly stealing the spotlight from the day-to-day quota and price concerns as big seafood production questions loom. Perhaps most pressing: an added 27 million metric tons of aquaculture production is needed to maintain the present level of per capita fish consumption in 2030, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

    Enter Fish 2.0 founder Monica Jain, who began her international seafood business innovation competition Fish 2.0 in 2013. Since then, participation and interest has exploded.

  • Entrepreneurs Shine a Light on Seafood Origins

    National Geographic
    • National Geographic
    • Monica Jain, April 13, 2017

    Consumers who would never buy something generically labeled meat or cheese are often stuck at almost that level of information when it comes to seafood. The opaque origins and processing of many seafood products can hide a host of problems, including species fraud, illegal fishing, human rights abuses in the labor force, and pollution—as well as the resource depletion that accompanies these issues. A 2014 report in Marine Policy estimates that over 20 percent of wild-captured seafood imported into the U.S. comes from illegal fisheries.

    But this is quickly changing, as an increasing number of innovators in the seafood industry create new ways of making the system more transparent and seafood products and processes more traceable.

  • Oysters Built the East Coast. Now Entrepreneurs are Rebuilding the Oysters.

    National Geographic
    • National Geographic
    • Monica Jain, April 11, 2017

    The East Coast was literally built on oysters. At the peak of their production as a food source, these shellfish were so plentiful from the Gulf Coast to New England that discarded shells were crushed and used to pave roads. Oysters kept bays and waterways clean—Chesapeake Bay residents didn’t need to treat or filter their water. A 1913 National Geographic article proclaimed them “the world’s most valuable water crop,” cultivated as a year-round, dependable and inexpensive protein source. About 150,000 people in 35 countries worked to produce “the most popular and most extensively eaten of all shellfish.”

    The situation more than a century later is quite different. Oysters remain desirable, but populations have been decimated. The Gulf of Mexico has just 10 percent of its peak oyster population, and Chesapeake Bay is down to a mere 1 percent. The situation has been described as dire by many locals, who’ve seen dredging, overharvesting and disease destroy oyster habitats.

  • Workshop Links Regional Seafood Startups With Global Resources

    • Daniel G. Baden
    • April 10, 2017

    Encouraging collaboration between scientists and business has always been a prime mission at the MARBIONC Center. We were pleased to recently host an event aimed specifically at small start-ups in the seafood and aquaculture industries, which of course ties in directly with our marine science research.

    The Fish 2.0 organization’s first regional workshop in the southeastern United States was held here, on our CREST Research Park campus, March 15 through 17. Nearly two dozen fledgling enterprises from a 12-state region attended, making connections and gaining skills needed to attract investors and grow their businesses.

  • Casting For Seafood Startups

    • Jenny Callison
    • April 7, 2017

    Entrepreneurs with shellfish-related ventures in the 12-state Southeastern U.S. region have until April 29 to apply for a competition intended to give winners a toehold in the sustainable seafood market.

    Fish 2.0, founded by executive director Monica Jain, uses a competition platform to connect seafood innovators, investors and industry experts so that promising ventures can find funding and knowledge resources.

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  • Fish 2.0 Open

    The Fiji Times Online
    • Monika Singh
    • March 23, 2017

    IT'S that time of the year again when entrepreneurs from the seafood industry can gain further investment for their companies through the Fish 2.0.

    The Fish 2.0 is a sustainable seafood business competition supported by the Pacific Trade and Invest Australia.

  • West Coast Workshop Coverage


    Undercurrent News: Fish 2.0 2017 competition opens West Coast track with investment event in Seattle

    Fish 2.0: Fish 2.0 2017 Competition Opens West Coast Track with Investment Event in Seattle

  • South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish/Crustaceans Workshop Coverage


    WECT 6 News: City council gets update on UNCW's innovation center

    Wilmington Biz: Fish 2.0 Workshop Draws Seafood Industry Startups

    UNCW News: CREST Campus, MARBIONC to Host “Fish 2.0” Workshop Promoting Sustainable Seafood

    Houma Today: Workshop, competition offered for shellfish-related businesses

    NC IDEA: NC IDEA Foundation Awards Ecosystem Partner Grant to Marine Bio- Technologies Center of Innovation

    WilmingtonBiz: UNCW Announces Shellfish Workshop, Initiative For Businesses

  • Fish 2.0 2017 competition opens West Coast track with investment event in Seattle

    • March 16, 2017

    Fish 2.0, the global competition and network for sustainable seafood businesses, is kicking off its new West Coast track April 4 with a free daylong workshop and networking reception in Seattle, the event organizers said in a release.

    The competition is "focused on engaging investors, sparking relationships among entrepreneurs, and building connections within the region’s seafood industry", the release said.

    The workshop, open to seafood entrepreneurs from the West Coast and Alaska, provides coaching on how to communicate persuasively with investors and seafood buyers.

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  • Fish 2.0 Workshop Draws Seafood Industry Startups

    • Jenny Callison
    • March 17, 2017

    Oysters, crab, shrimp, lobster and scallops were on the menu at this week’s Fish 2.0 South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish Workshop, hosted by University of North Carolina Wilmington at the university’s MARBIONC facility.

    Fish 2.0, founded by executive director Monica Jain, uses a competition platform to connect seafood innovators, investors and industry experts so that promising ventures could find funding and knowledge resources.

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  • Fish 2.0 2017 Competition Opens West Coast Track with Investment Event in Seattle

    • CARMEL, CA
    • March 15, 2017

    April 4 workshop and reception for Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington seafood businesses focuses on building networks and sparking interest from investors and buyers

    The intensive workshop, open to seafood entrepreneurs from the West Coast and Alaska, provides coaching on how to communicate persuasively with investors and seafood buyers. It also gives participants opportunities to meaningfully connect with other innovative seafood businesses that could be key partners. To attend, entrepreneurs must register online and be invited.

  • Geomar acquisition just the beginning for Walton family-backed company’s investment goals

    • Jeanine Stewart
    • March 3, 2017

    The Geomar acquisition is only the beginning of seafood investments the Walton family-backed holding company Pescador Holdings has its eye on.

    The investors behind the deal view this as a beginning step in the execution of core firm goals, and they have the backing to execute them; a link to one of the wealthiest families in the world.

  • Year of the Oceans: No Time Like the Present to Reverse the Degradation of the Seas

    • Jessica Pothering
    • February 22, 2017

    Suddenly, oceans are everywhere.

    The run-up to the big United Nations Ocean Conference in June began with last week’s preparatory conference and the first voluntary commitments to meeting Sustainable Development Goal No. 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. The drumbeat continues this week with the World Ocean Summit in Bali, where investors are assessing the scale of the ocean opportunity.

  • A Guide to Seafood & Aquaculture Technology: Startups Raise $193m in 2016 but More Innovation Needed

    • Louisa Burwood-Taylor
    • February 16, 2017

    Startups in seafood and aquaculture technology raised $193 million in 2016, a 271% increase on the $52 million raised across both 2014 and 2015, according to AgFunder research.

    Investment in seafood-related startups grew in 2016 as investors and entrepreneurs are starting to slowly wake up to the huge opportunity the market presents.

  • Innovation in fishing industry key to sustainability, says Moulton

    • William J. Dowd
    • February 10, 2017

    Congressman Seth Moulton, D-Salem, has been a strong advocate for the North Shore and New England fishermen whose bottom lines he says are hurt by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's imposed catch limits on them.

    Federal catch-limit regulations, he argues, are burdensome and often put in place based on outdated data that doesn't actually comport with what's happening with fish stocks, given migration patterns and ocean currents, among other changing variables from year to year. The result has spawned a longtime bitter battle between NOAA and fishermen.

    "The reality is the fishermen very strictly have to follow NOAA's estimates when the fishery has been all over the map," said Moulton. "Some years have been abundant while others not so much."

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  • Lanzan concurso para emprendimientos de la industria pesquera

    • Santiago, Chile.
    • 7 de febrero 2017.

    Convocatoria organizada por Endeavor y Fish 2.0 busca conectar a startups con inversionistas.

    Con el objetivo de aumentar la red de contactos de los emprendedores del rubro pesquero, Endeavor Chile, como partner regional de Fish 2.0, invita a las empresas ligadas a esta industria a postular al concurso que se realizará en noviembre próximo en la Universidad de Stanford, California. />

    Fish 2.0 busca conectar a negocios sustentables del mundo pesquero con inversores y expertos de la industria, con el objetivo de entregar una asesoría y obtener acceso a nuevo capital o socios.

  • Fish 2.0 y Endeavor invitan a emprendedores ligados a la industria pesquera a destacado concurso

    • Santiago, Chile.
    • 3 de febrero 2017.

    - La convocatoria que busca conectar a las empresas con inversionistas del mundo pesquero y potenciar el sector agropecuario, se llevará a cabo en noviembre en la Universidad de Stanford, California.

    ¿Quiénes pueden participar? Todas las empresas, incluyendo start-up, relacionadas con la industria pesquera o ligadas a la comercialización de los productos y/o la cadena de suministro.

  • South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Shellfish Businesses: Apply Now for March Fish 2.0 Workshop

    • CARMEL, CA
    • January 25, 2017

    Fish 2.0 will hold a free three-day business development workshop for South Atlantic and Gulf Coast shellfish entrepreneurs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) March 15–17, 2017. Participants will learn how to communicate about their business in a way that attracts interest, practice pitching to investors and buyers, and get advice on integrating social and environmental sustainability into their business strategy. The simple one-page workshop application, available at www.fish20.org/atlanticgulfworkshop, is due by Feb. 13.

  • Love connection: Aquaculture investor finds partner in retail seafood brand

    Aqua-Spark gives financial boost to LoveTheWild, makers of unique frozen seafood meals.

    When LoveTheWild co-founders Jacqueline Claudia and Christy Brouker started looking for investors in 2015, the two could afford to be picky. Their first choice was Netherlands-based Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture and one that announced a $2.5 million (EUR 2.3 million) investment in December 2016.

    “I identified Aqua-Spark two years ago as an investment fund I wanted to work with because they’re the only ones investing in aquaculture for consumers,” Claudia said. “We’d talked with more traditional food funds and even though the terms of the deal we signed were similar with those of other investors that approached us, at the end of the day I felt our mission was more aligned with what Aqua-Spark was doing. Aqua-Spark knows that aquaculture is a long-term game, while traditional investors are looking for short-term profit.”

    Amy Novogratz, a partner at Aqua-Spark, recalled watching Claudia and Brouker present their company at Fish 2.0 in 2015 and being immediately impressed. “They were this incredibly strong team of women. Aquaculture and seafood is still confusing to many people, but they were so clear about how to make choices and they offered such a clear solution – we loved what they were doing from the first minute.”

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  • White House awards hint at aquaculture's potential in the United States

    Champions of Change recipients say innovation key to industry's growth and acceptance.

    Every year for the last eight years the Obama administration has awarded innovators in a range of fields for their transformative contributions to American society. The last installment of these Champions of Change awards, presented in a ceremony held in October, celebrated the work of change-makers in sustainable seafood, from chefs to fishermen to aquaculture advocates.

    Aquaculture was represented by several diverse innovators, including Monica Jain, whose social enterprise Fish 2.0 works to develop the field of sustainable seafood; Dr. Kevan Main, head of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s aquaculture research program; Byron Encalade, president of the Louisiana Oysterman Association; and Luka Mossman, who works with traditional Hawaiian fishpond aquaculture.

    Aquaculture has huge potential but a long way to go toward acceptance in the United States, where much more focus has been placed on ensuring that wild-catch fisheries are sustainable. Aquaculture is arguably the future of the world’s seafood supply, and in the decades ahead farmed seafood may be a primary source of protein for the world’s booming population.

    Already, more than 50 percent of the world’s seafood comes from aquaculture, including almost half of the U.S. supply. Still, a mere 4.5 percent of farmed seafood is produced in the Americas, with 88 perfect of farmed seafood originating from Asia.

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