Fish 2.0 Sponsors for 2018-2019
Fish 2.0 sponsors are a range of forward-thinking, solutions-oriented organizations that are dedicated to increasing the number of sustainable seafood enterprises and the amount of investment available to them. The diversity of these sponsoring organizations and their specific interests in Fish 2.0 allows the us to engage a broad array of businesses, advisors, investors, and experts. Without the generous support of each sponsor, Fish 2.0 would not be possible.
The Packard Foundation’s ocean investments primarily support work to address overfishing, irresponsible marine aquaculture, and habitat loss, as these threats currently have the greatest impact on the ocean and its biodiversity. Recognizing that climate change and ocean acidification are significant long-term threats to the ocean, the Foundation devotes substantial resources to combatting climate change and supports work at the intersection of the ocean and climate change as well. We focus on six countries with outsized influence on global ocean health: Chile, China, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, and the United States. We also support work at regional and global levels to promote policies and strategies that can help accelerate progress worldwide. We are excited about Fish 2.0’s potential to expand and strengthen the impact of the network of investors in the sustainable seafood sector. Fish 2.0 excels at inspiring successful business innovations to create social, environmental, and economic benefits—creating positive change for people and the ocean they depend on.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Supporting projects like the Fish 2.0 competition, a field-building business competition for the sustainable seafood sector, the foundation is enabling innovative solutions that deliver lasting results. Visit Moore.org or follow @MooreFound.
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Our Freshwater Institute applauds Fish 2.0 for advancing both sustainable seafood and food security through innovation and investment. www.conservationfund.org
NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. The agency provides vital services including: productive and sustainable fisheries, safe sources of seafood, the recovery and conservation of protected resources, and healthy ecosystems—all backed by sound science and an ecosystem-based approach to management. At NOAA Fisheries, wild-capture and marine aquaculture are important aspects of our sustainable seafood portfolio and are part of the agency’s strategy for economic and environmental resiliency in coastal communities. Fish 2.0 provides an important venue for entrepreneurs to showcase the opportunities and challenges facing sustainable seafood and as well as a platform for innovative collaboration with stakeholders.
The U.S. Department of State supports global efforts to maintain healthy and productive marine ecosystems. We also seek to foster private sector-led growth, unlock the power of the marketplace, and facilitate the implementation of activities and partnerships to support commercially viable investment opportunities to develop fisheries-related businesses in the Pacific. In collaboration with Fish 2.0, the U.S. Department of State will help sustainable fisheries, mariculture, and aquaculture entrepreneurs from the Pacific Islands develop their businesses and connect with potential investors in the United States and elsewhere. This year we are pleased to partner with the Government of Australia’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation to enable new opportunities for Pacific Islands businesses to integrate into regional and global supply chains. Funding provided by the United States Government will promote a healthy ocean and sustainable fisheries, which are closely tied to cultures, livelihoods, jobs, and food security in the Pacific Islands region.
The California Ocean Protection Council supports healthy, resilient, and productive ocean and coastal ecosystems in California through advancing innovative tools and collaborative approaches based on the best available science. The Council’s Sustainable Fisheries program aims to enhance the sustainability of California’s ocean fisheries to protect marine ecosystems, port communities, and coastal economies, particularly in the face of a changing climate. Supporting a Fish 2.0 California track will advance sustainable fisheries innovation in California fisheries and fishing communities, and enable California to connect and build partnerships with other regional and global tracks. Visit opc.ca.gov or follow @OPC_California.
The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation through investing in knowledge, innovation, and marketing aims to increase economic, social and environmental benefits for Australian fishing and aquaculture, and the wider community. Visit frdc.com.au
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state's coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with more than 15,000 students, UNCW offers programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels, including in marine biology. Visit uncw.edu