• Fish 2.0 Entrepreneurs Shape Future of Sustainable Seafood

    Triple Pundit
    • Monica Jain
    • November 23, 2015

    As most TriplePundit readers know, 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.

  • Entrepreneurs Seize Opportunity in Seafood Traceability

    Triple Pundit
    • Monica Jain
    • November 2, 2015

    The seafood industry has one of the most complicated supply chains in the world [Tweet This] , often with five to seven companies involved from catch to plate, each keeping records on paper in far-flung locations. In these murky waters a new wave of entrepreneurs sees opportunities to make the seafood industry more transparent to consumers, businesses and governments striving for sustainability.

    The seafood industry defines traceability as the ability to track the source of seafood, the conditions under which it is farmed or caught, and the intermediaries it passes through. Improving traceability is critical to promoting sustainability in both aquaculture and wild-caught fish: The current, largely opaque supply chain hides numerous negative impacts, including overfishing, fraud, human rights abuses in the labor force, pollution and resource depletion. (See TriplePundit’s recent Q&A on seafood traceability for details on systemic issues.)

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  • 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.

  • Entrepreneurs Worldwide Are Taking on Seafood Sustainability

    • Monica Jain
    • September 29, 2015

    At SOCAP13, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, we focused almost 20% of our programming on investing in oceans, to raise awareness among the SOCAP community of the many ways that investors and entrepreneurs can improve ocean health through market-based solutions. Monica Jain is a leader within sustainable seafood who has continued building the marketplace for sustainable ocean solitons, at SOCAP and through the Fish 2.0 business competition.

  • 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.

  • Island Businesses Succeed with Strong Strategies and Partnerships

    National Geographic
    • Monica Jain
    • August 19, 2015

    Are the rules for successful island entrepreneurs different from the rules for entrepreneurs globally?