2015 Competition News


The business competition Fish 2.0 has handed out a new batch of service awards valued at over $195,000 to seafood startups, including to several companies from the Pacific Islands, organizers said.

The competition, which was held in Stanford, California on Nov. 10 and 11, brought together investors, non-profit organizations and fledging seafood startups who aim to take new approaches to transforming the industry.

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  • December 22, 2015

Half of the finalists and runners-up in the Fish 2.0 competition for sustainable seafood businesses are receiving high-value prizes providing invaluable connections, market insights, and training and consulting on improving their operations. The Open Door Prize sponsors and the Fish 2.0 advisory board announced the awards.

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CARMEL, CA, December 16, 2015

Open Door Prizes, professional service awards are designed to accelerate growth and impact

Half of the finalists and runners-up in the Fish 2.0 competition for sustainable seafood businesses are receiving high-value prizes providing invaluable connections, market insights, and training and consulting on improving their operations. The Open Door Prize sponsors and the Fish 2.0 advisory board announced the awards today.

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Since he started working on commercial fishing and crabbing boats as a teenager, Craig Kasberg loved being out at sea. Yet he was bothered by the amount of fish waste he saw being dumped back on to the ocean floor.

“The seafood industry is behind the times when it comes to byproduct utilisation,” says Kasberg, a fishing boat captain based in Juneau, Alaska. “Even though some companies are making pet food, fertiliser and fishmeal [out of the waste], there’s still a lot being thrown away.”

Every year, US fishermen throw out an estimated 2bn pounds (900m kg) in bycatch alone – an amount worth about $1bn (£660m), according to nonprofit organisation Oceana.

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The Walton Family
  • The Walton Family Foundation
  • November 24, 2015

Entrepreneurs and investors connect to create a responsible seafood industry

When Kelly Harrell started crafting the idea of the Alaska Community Seafood Hub, she knew that improving business, people’s lives and the environment go hand in hand. In November, as part of the Fish 2.0 competition, Kelly pitched her business model to a room full of investors, ocean and fishing industry experts and grantmakers who shared her vision of a sustainable seafood market. She walked away with $5,000 and countless connections to help build a strong community-based fishery and bring high-quality seafood from Alaskan fishermen to local consumers.

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