Improved catch methods, aquaculture innovation and new seafood products are among the focal points of a new Australian track of the 2018–19 international Fish 2.0, which brings together entrepreneurs and investors to identify and accelerate sustainable seafood business opportunities.
The FRDC’s Peter Horvat attended the most recent Fish 2.0 event, held at Stanford University in California’s Silicon Valley, to scope out the potential for an Australian event. He was excited by what he saw: 40 finalists, who rose to the top from 184 applicants, pitching their sustainable seafood ventures to more than 200 potential investors and industry experts. One finalist was Australian Thomas de Kock from Tuna Solutions, which is developing an online tuna marketing and trade platform. Others innovations pitched included ventures that improve transparency in supply chains, provide new seafood snack foods, farm and market oysters, and develop new fish feeds, among the innovations.
Fish 2.0 was founded in 2013 by Monica Jain and Remy Garderet to create a network of entrepreneurs and investors who could grow the sustainable seafood sector. The Fish 2.0 network has seen explosive growth since then, and now includes more than 400 entrepreneurs, 300 investors and 40 sponsors, all making connections that enable regional and global expansion of the sector.