• Sustainable fisheries: New horizons for Pacific aquaculture

    • Stephanie Lynch & Bernadette Carreon
    • February 22, 2018

    In the Pacific, three seafood companies using sustainable fishery practices to conserve the health of marine ecosystems and contribute to the local economy have received international recognition for their novel business models.

    Three fishing companies – from Palau, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – were shortlisted for the finals of the global Fish 2.0 business competition, which recognises businesses in the fishery sector that employ innovative and sustainable approaches to simplify supply chains, while increasing incomes for fishers. In Palau, Indigo Seafood has trained local people to use sustainable methods to farm high value products, such as grouper and giant clams. The company employs over 75 local people, in addition to working with 70 giant clam farmers. To increase growth rates and reduce pressure on wild-caught sources of fishmeal, such as sardines and other forage fish, Indigo Seafood has also developed protein-rich feeds from soy and other grains.

  • The Pacific shone at the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum – US

    • Jenni Metcalfe
    • November 20, 2017


    Three Pacific Island sustainable seafood businesses were among 40 finalists from across the globe that pitched to investors at the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, CA, USA. Representing the Pacific Islands were Didds Fishing Company, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu’s Shepherd Islands Organic Seafood and Indigo Seafood Palau.

    James Sanderson, Indigo Seafood said he was grateful for the opportunity.

    “This has been such an amazing experience, I feel very honoured to have represented Palau and have this opportunity to speak directly to investors and show them what we are doing in Palau as custodians of the ocean to ensure there will be fish for generations to come.

  • Matariki thankful competing for investors

    • Len Garae
    • November 18, 2017

    “I feel blessed to be part of the Fish 2.0 2017 competition, it’s been amazing an opportunity, through the competition I’ve become clearer of my vision for Shepherd Islands Organic Seafood and championing sustainable fishing practices.

    “It’s really important for the next generation, to look after our precious oceans. Employment opportunities in Vanuatu are limited and the work we do helps to provide a sustainable income to families.”

    Owner of Vanuatu’s Shepherd Islands Organic Seafood, Obed Matariki, made the statement during the competition as was one of of three Pacific Island sustainable seafood businesses among 40 finalist from across the globe that pitched to investors at the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, CA, USA.

  • ANALYSIS: How The US Is Aiding Training For Resilient Communities

    • Sheldon Chanel
    • November 11, 2017

    The United States government supports various training and climate change-related programmes with the ultimate goal of building resilient communities in the Pacific.

    Through its Embassy in Fiji, it has funded several relief efforts including the distribution of aid through the Fiji Red Cross Society in the immediate aftermath of Cyclone Winston.

    Last Thursday, US Ambassador to the South Pacific, Judith Cefkin, opened a two-week long workshop held at the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva dedicated to Ocean Acidification Measuring and Monitoring.

    The phenomenon has been recognised as a major threat to the wider global marine ecosystem.

    The US Government has also made a pledge to forward gender equality initiatives in the region, with expectations that climate change may give rise to further inequalities.

    Ambassador Cefkin, in an interview, discussed the plans behind the goal of building stronger, more resilient communities in the Pacific.

  • Fish 2.0: Connecting Sustainable Seafood Businesses in the Pacific with Global Networks

    • Judith Cefkin
    • November 8, 2017

    Fisheries are critical to economic livelihood and food security in the Pacific. Inshore fisheries provide the primary or secondary source of income for up to 50 percent of Pacific households (SPC 2015). Government, business, civil society, and international partners must work together to ensure sustainable management of marine resources for current and future generations. When the U.S. Department of State learned about the Fish 2.0 competition, we took the bait. We are proud to be sponsors of an effort that supports sustainable seafood businesses by linking them to global networks of experts and investors.

    Fish 2.0 is a year-long competition conducted online, so that seafood businesses anywhere in the world can participate. During the competition, each business receives feedback from expert judges, and competitors also take part in webinars that provide additional knowledge building on topics such as winning investment, legal fundamentals, and working with large scale buyers. The competition has four phases, and finalists have a unique opportunity to present their business ideas to a broad range of investors and supply-chain partners who are interested in seafood and can help their businesses grow.

  • Vanuatu business finalist in global sustainable seafood contest

    Loop Vanuatu
    • Loop Pacific
    • October 15, 2017

    Vanuatu is one of three Pacific Island countries amongst the 40 finalists from across the globe to pitch to investors at the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum.

    Shepherd Islands Organic Seafood owner, Obed Timakata said: “I was overwhelmed when I got the news that I’m a Fish 2.0 2017 competition finalist.

    “I am very grateful for all the support provided by Pacific Trade Invest Australia in bringing back Fish 2.0 to the Pacific. It’s an absolute valuable program indeed.

    “I’m very excited to be representing Vanuatu at the 2017 Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum Finals in November.”

    The other finalists are Didao Fishing Company from Solomon Islands and Indigo Seafood of Palau.

  • Pacific 3 in global rivalry

    The Fiji Times Online
    • Dame Meg Taylor
    • October 13, 2017

    THE "Blue Pacific" region is making waves through a global seafood competition which promotes sustainable development in the fisheries sector.

    Three fisheries companies from Palau, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are finalists in the Fish 2.0 2017 competition for sustainable seafood businesses. They are among 37 finalists from an initial pool of 184 entrants.

    Toata Molea of Didds Fishing Company Ltd (Solomon Islands) and James Sanderson of Indigo Seafood in Palau were still reeling from their finalist status when contacted this week. Both are now working hard with organisers to perfect the pitch they will put to potential investors during the final in November.

  • Pacific Islands Seafood Companies Participate At Fish 2.0 Forum In USA

    • Monica Aguilar
    • October 10, 2017

    Three Pacific Island countries are amongst the 40 finalists from across the globe to pitch to investors at the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum.

    The Forum will take place on November at the Stanford University in America, a culminating event in the Fiji 2.0 2017 competition for sustainable seafood businesses.

    Prior to this event, the Fish 2.0 workshop was held in Suva last year.

    Out of the 184 entrants, 40 finalists were selected based on their market traction and high potential for impact in the seafood sector.

  • Fish 2.0 sustainability contest narrows field to 40

    • September 19, 2017

    Just 40 companies remain in the US-based Fish 2.0 sustainable seafood competition and will pitch to investors, Nov. 7-8, at Stanford University, California, the organizers announced Tuesday.

    “This is the strongest group ever,” said Monica Jain, the founder and executive director of the every-other-year competition, which started this time with 184 initial competitors and had been narrowed to 70 before the latest elimination round.

    Among the remaining finalists are VakSea, a Baltimore, Maryland-based company that has come up with a new way to deliver vaccines to fish, and OneForNeptune, a company with offices in California and New Mexico that’s making jerky out of white fish offcuts. Undercurrent News took a look at both companies in an article last month.

  • Focus on ‘seatech’ in Fish 2.0 finalists

    • Jenny Hjul
    • September 20, 2017

    FORTY companies have been named as finalists in this year’s Fish 2.0 competition, which aims to connect seafood businesses with investors.

    The finalists, selected from 184 entries, have been selected for their market traction, global character and high potential for impact on the seafood sector, said the competition organisers.

    They will now have the opportunity to pitch to investors during the Nov. 7–8 during the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum at Stanford University from November 7-8, after which winners will be announced.

    "This is the strongest group ever," said Monica Jain, Fish 2.0 founder and executive director. The level of innovation is potentially both system changing and very profitable.

  • Fish 2.0 unveils list of 40 finalists

    • September 18, 2017

    "The finalists—winnowed from an initial pool of 184 entrants—stand out for their "market traction, global character and high potential for impact on the seafood sector."

    Fish 2.0 on Monday released the names of 40 companies that will pitch their ideas to investors Nov. 7–8 during the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum at Stanford University, the culminating event in the Fish 2.0 2017 competition for sustainable seafood businesses.

    The finalists—winnowed from an initial pool of 184 entrants—stand out for their "market traction, global character and high potential for impact on the seafood sector," the group said. About 50 percent of the finalists are post-revenue businesses, and more than half are based outside the United States.

  • Fish trade to improve global food security

    • September 15, 2017

    The seafood business has the potential to improve global food security, ocean sustainability, and the lives of locals, a forum has been told.

    Founder of the Fish 2.0 project Monica Jain told the Pacific tuna forum in Port Moresby that to transform the seafood industry, these businesses, however, needed capital investments to grow and take advantage of new markets.

    She said the three important keys to moving financing forward in the sustainable seafood field was to have investment-ready ventures, investment-ready investor and resources and support systems for both.

    “If we do not have good ventures, there is nothing to lure good investors to go into the Pacific Islands countries to invest.”

  • Report: Algae Market to Reach $45bn by 2023

    • Emma Cosgrove
    • August 15, 2017

    After gaining “superfood” status, the market for algae could reach up to $44.7 billion by 2023, according to a new report from Fish 2.0, a business competition designed to increase investment in sustainable seafood startups.

    This year, the competition has seen a marked increase in the number of algae-focused startups applying to take part, with more than 10 of the 80 startups making it through to phase three (of four) of the competition working directly with algae.

    The new free report explains that algae could transform industries if propagation and distribution are able to mature. The report argues that market demand is already in place and coming from many different industries.

    Algae convert sunlight and carbon dioxide into fats and proteins that can be used in oils both for eating and fuel, as well as protein consumable by both humans and animals, and it also contains prized micro-nutrients.

  • Entrepreneurs Bring Fresh Energy to South Pacific Seafood Sector

    • Monica Jain
    • April 25, 2017

    Entrepreneurial interest in sustainable seafood is rising globally, as are the opportunities to succeed with new products and business models. The trend is clear in applications to the Fish 2.0 competition for sustainable seafood businesses: In 2013, 70 percent of Fish 2.0 applicants were from North America—and we wondered if we could persuade a significant number of entrepreneurs from areas such as the South Pacific Islands and Thailand to enter a North American business competition held in English on the Internet. We had our answer in 2015: only about half the entries were from North America, with about one-third coming from Asia and the Pacific Islands.

  • 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.

  • Creative Energy Flows to Seafood Sector in South Pacific

    National Geographic
    • Monica Jain
    • December 6, 2016

    “If you had the opportunity to generate income for a whole island, what would you do?”

    That’s how Lili Kawaguchi opened her pitch during the closing session of Fish 2.0’s Pacific Islands business development workshop. The question grabbed the audience’s attention, as did the rest of the Tongan entrepreneur’s pitch for her seaweed products startup. But it’s a pitch she wouldn’t have made two days earlier, at the start of the workshop.

  • Pacific Islands Workshop Coverage


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    The Fiji Times: US calls for sustainable fish stock 

    WWF Pacific: US Ambassador opens Pacific Workshop for the 2017 Fish 2.0 Competition

    Loop Samoa: Fish 2.0 returns to the Pacific

  • US calls for sustainable fish stock

    The Fiji Times Online
    • The Fiji Times Online

    United States ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin made these comments during the opening of the FISH 2.0 business development workshop in Suva today and added that the US placed priority in promoting sustainable fisheries.

  • Fish 2.0 to Hold Workshop for Pacific Islands Seafood Businesses—Apply Now

    National Geographic
    • CARMEL, CA
    • September 26, 2016

    Three-day program in Fiji provides business-building advice, help in applying for global competition; workshop applications due October 5

    Fish 2.0 will hold a free three-day business development workshop for Pacific Islands seafood businesses in Suva, Fiji, November 8-10, 2016. Participants will receive expert advice on communicating about their business, training on pitching to investors, and guidance on succeeding in the 2017 Fish 2.0 competition. The one-page workshop application, available at http://www.fish20.org/2017pacifictrack, is due October 5.

  • A Startup in the South Pacific Could Be a Worldwide Model

    National Geographic
    • Monica Jain
    • Sept 7, 2016

    Alfred Kalontas, the founder of ALFA Fishing in Vanuatu, bootstrapped his business from nothing to become the preferred seafood supplier to over 70 percent of the hotels and restaurants in the island nation’s capital, Port Vila. He is now starting to export his high-quality, sustainably caught products to New Zealand and is seeing demand from Australia and beyond.

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