• Advances in ‘seatech’ a strong theme in Fish 2.0 competition

    • Aquaculture North America
    • October 31, 2017

    The third run of the US sustainable seafood investment forum Fish 2.0 announced their 40 finalists recently, with about 15 aquaculture-related businesses making the list to vie for capital and business knowhow during the event this winter.

    Founder and executive director Monica Jain says this year’s finalists comprise the “strongest group ever.”

    “The level of innovation is potentially both system-changing and very profitable. We’re seeing the rise of ‘seatech’ — new monitoring, visibility, production and processing tools for the seafood industry — as well as other advances that remove barriers to growth and sustainability for fishers, farmers and buyers throughout the value chain,” she said in the announcement.

  • 5 Reasons Wild-Caught Fish Isn’t Always the Best Choice (But Sustainable Aquaculture Might Be)

    • Emily Monaco
    • June 29, 2017

    We’ve been told time and time again that the most sustainable, healthiest seafood choice is wild-caught fish, but times are changing: as the world’s wild fish populations deplete at an ever-growing pace, strides are being made in the world of fish farming, and today, sustainable aquaculture is the way to go.

    Don’t believe us? Here are five great reasons to choose (sustainable!) farmed fish instead of wild.

  • This May Be the Key to Sustainable Aquaculture

    • Emily Monaco
    • May 22, 2017

    Just a few years ago, it was taboo to buy farmed fish, but now, experts are saying aquaculture might actually be the only way to ensure sustainable seafood consumption. The key to this apparent paradox is in finding something sustainable to feed all those farmed fish.

  • Love connection: Aquaculture investor finds partner in retail seafood brand

    Aqua-Spark gives financial boost to LoveTheWild, makers of unique frozen seafood meals.

    When LoveTheWild co-founders Jacqueline Claudia and Christy Brouker started looking for investors in 2015, the two could afford to be picky. Their first choice was Netherlands-based Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture and one that announced a $2.5 million (EUR 2.3 million) investment in December 2016.

    “I identified Aqua-Spark two years ago as an investment fund I wanted to work with because they’re the only ones investing in aquaculture for consumers,” Claudia said. “We’d talked with more traditional food funds and even though the terms of the deal we signed were similar with those of other investors that approached us, at the end of the day I felt our mission was more aligned with what Aqua-Spark was doing. Aqua-Spark knows that aquaculture is a long-term game, while traditional investors are looking for short-term profit.”

    Amy Novogratz, a partner at Aqua-Spark, recalled watching Claudia and Brouker present their company at Fish 2.0 in 2015 and being immediately impressed. “They were this incredibly strong team of women. Aquaculture and seafood is still confusing to many people, but they were so clear about how to make choices and they offered such a clear solution – we loved what they were doing from the first minute.”

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  • White House awards hint at aquaculture's potential in the United States

    Champions of Change recipients say innovation key to industry's growth and acceptance.

    Every year for the last eight years the Obama administration has awarded innovators in a range of fields for their transformative contributions to American society. The last installment of these Champions of Change awards, presented in a ceremony held in October, celebrated the work of change-makers in sustainable seafood, from chefs to fishermen to aquaculture advocates.

    Aquaculture was represented by several diverse innovators, including Monica Jain, whose social enterprise Fish 2.0 works to develop the field of sustainable seafood; Dr. Kevan Main, head of Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium’s aquaculture research program; Byron Encalade, president of the Louisiana Oysterman Association; and Luka Mossman, who works with traditional Hawaiian fishpond aquaculture.

    Aquaculture has huge potential but a long way to go toward acceptance in the United States, where much more focus has been placed on ensuring that wild-catch fisheries are sustainable. Aquaculture is arguably the future of the world’s seafood supply, and in the decades ahead farmed seafood may be a primary source of protein for the world’s booming population.

    Already, more than 50 percent of the world’s seafood comes from aquaculture, including almost half of the U.S. supply. Still, a mere 4.5 percent of farmed seafood is produced in the Americas, with 88 perfect of farmed seafood originating from Asia.

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  • The Race to Find Fish Feeds That Don’t Bankrupt the Ocean

    • Monica Jain
    • May 24, 2016

    Wild fisheries are stable at best and declining at worst. That means we need aquaculture to meet the world’s growing demand for protein. And to feed the world sustainably, the industry has to figure out how to feed farmed fish without using wild fish stocks.

  • Why Dealmakers Are Getting Hooked on Aquaculture

    • Renee Cordes
    • February 8, 2016

    A small fish swallowed a bigger fish when the U.K.'s Benchmark Holdings bought Belgium's Inve Aquaculture from Coöperatieve Rabobank and Royal Bank of Scotland in December for about £227 million ($321.8 million).

  • Video: Growing Seafood Demand Spawns Aquaculture Dealmaking Wave

    • Renee Cordes
    • February 5, 2016

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  • Slow fish: Preventing waste via packaging

    • Clare Leschin-Hoar
    • January 11, 2016

    BluWrap technology extending product shelf life, reducing carbon footprint of seafood

    It’s a radical idea, at first glance. In a world where faster is thought to be infinitely better, especially for a highly perishable product like fresh seafood, the very thought of slowing down the supply chain from days-to-market to months-to-market is deeply counterintuitive.

  • Can Land-Based Fish Farms Solve Farmed Seafood Woes?

    • Kristine Wong
    • January 7, 2016

    New contained aquaculture systems could bring local seafood to land-locked communities and change the industry in other important ways, too.

    More than half the seafood eaten globally is now farmed. And yet for some, aquaculture conjures up images of escaped fish, crowded pens, antibiotics, and ocean pollution in Asia, where nearly 90 percent of today’s aquaculture takes place. Now some entrepreneurs are bringing aquaculture on land. In the process, many hope to find a sustainable solution to the growing demand for a low-input, clean source of protein.

  • Fish 2.0 Finals Spotlight Surging Innovation in Seafood

    • Monica Jain
    • November 29, 2015

    Our oceans and the people who depend on them are in trouble. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, about 70 percent of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, overexploited or collapsing under the pressure of a $390 billion global seafood market. Yet analysts expect seafood demand to double by 2050, and island and coastal communities around the world depend on seafood for both sustenance and economic health.

  • Announcing winners of this year’s Fish 2.0 competition—innovations in aquaculture

    • Tides Canada
    • November 25, 2015

    Tides Canada continues to support the Fish 2.0 business competition (via our Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund) to advance sustainable aquaculture solutions that protect wild salmon and the marine environment while encouraging a successful seafood industry.

  • Aquaculture finalists dominate seafood funding competition

    • Erich Luening
    • November 10, 2015

    Sustainable seafood business competition Fish 2.0 has selected 37 companies to pitch to investors at its Stanford University final in November, with aquaculture-focused businesses representing over a third of the group.

  • What to feed the fish? Demand for Feed Attracts Innovators and Investors

    • Jenny Griffin
    • October 21, 2015

    What to feed the fish? Rising demand from the fast-growing aquaculture industry has put pressure on traditional sources of fish meal and driven prices to record highs.

  • Sustainable Seafood Businesses Tackle Food Deserts with an Ancient Farming Technique

    • Monica Jain
    • October 14, 2015

    One of the most interesting trends to emerge from the Fish 2.0 business competition is the increasing use of aquaponics, which combines fish farming (aquaculture) with growing plants in water (hydroponics). This is nothing new—people have been practicing aquaponics for centuries, in the Aztecs’ floating crop islands, the rice paddies of Asia and elsewhere. What’s different now is that entrepreneurs are developing technologies and business models for commercial-scale aquaponics farms serving communities with limited access to locally grown fish and vegetables.

  • Aquaculture Startups Dominate Finals of Sustainable Seafood Business Competition

    • Louisa Burwood-Taylor
    • September 21, 2015

    Sustainable seafood business competition Fish 2.0 has selected 37 companies to pitch to investors at its Stanford University final in November, with aquaculture-focused businesses representing over a third of the group.

  • Sustainable aquaculture surfaces as a target for food investors

    • Monica Jain
    • September 9, 2015

    The farming of aquatic organisms such as fish, crustaceans and plants is the fastest-growing agriculture sector in the world, valued at over $144 billion, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

  • Fish 2.0: Bridging the Gap Between Investors and Aquaculture

    • Louisa Burwood-Taylor
    • August 4, 2015

    “Never before have people consumed so much fish, or depended so greatly on the sector for their well-being,” reads the Food and Agriculture Organization’s most recent report on The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture.

  • Fish 2.0 Puts Sustainable Businesses in Spotlight

    • Erich Luening
    • May/June 2015

    In an effort to combine her early education in marine biology and her later work with a business degree and several years in venture capital and financial banking, Monica Jain has come up with a competition that connects sustainable aquaculture companies with potential investors and other funding sources.

  • Connecting sustainable seafood businesses with investors, resources with Fish 2.0

    • Tides Canada
    • April 15, 2015

    Driving business growth while creating positive environmental and social change might seem a bold endeavour, but the team at Fish 2.0 not only believe it can be done, they’ve created the forum to make it happen.