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.
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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.
It’s been great to be here as part of a Pacific Team, I’ve learnt a lot and want to thank Chad Morris, PTI Australia for initiating and putting together the preparatory workshop, ensuring we were pitch ready and could make the most of the opportunity. Also the support and feedback from Tony Sullivan, FFA and Jenny Wright, USA State Department and Leigh Moran, Calvert Foundation in the workshop”
The room erupted when Toata Molea, Didds Fishing Company was announced as the winner of the Pacific track of the competition. Mr Molea was ecstatic about being named a winner.
“I still can’t believe it, I’m so happy, all the pitches were of such a high standard, I feel very honoured to have won the Pacific Track.” said Mr Molea.
Chad Morris, General Manager, Investment and Tourism, Pacific Trade Invest Australia travelled to Palo Alto to support the Pacific finalists and help them prepare their pitches.