U.S. aquaculture

U.S. Aquaculture Track

Apply now to participate in the online competition, or sign-up for the upcoming Gulf Coast workshop as an entrepreneur, investor or expert.


1. All U.S. based aquaculture and aquaculture-related seafood businesses are eligible – from all 50 states.

2. Start-up, early stage, and established businesses may participate.

3. Ventures must be revenue generating or expect to be revenue generating. They should be seeking either investment or business/industry partnerships, not grant funding.

4. Businesses may be involved in any aspect of sustainable aquaculture in the United States including, but not limited to:

  • Finfish or shellfish production and related supply chains and technologies.
  • Algae production and related supply chains and technologies.
  • Aquaponics production and related supply chains and technologies.
  • Offshore, nearshore or land-based aquaculture.
  • Fish feeds that remove pressure from wild fisheries.
  • Disease management and control.
  • Reduction of waste in aquaculture.
  • Other innovations that will grow sustainable aquaculture in the U.S.


We invite all businesses meeting the above criteria to apply now to the Fish 2.0 online competition, under the U.S. Aquaculture track.

Please note that if you intend on attending the Gulf Coast or West Coast workshop, you may find it helpful to wait until after the workshop to apply to the online competition, as the workshop will give you insights into that process.   There will be further rounds of the online competition following each of the regional workshops. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are unsure about what to do, or have further questions.

There is no cost to participate in the online competition.

Please note that you do NOT have to attend an in-person workshop to enter any online competition. Learn more about the online competition here.

Key deadlines for US Aquaculture track

    • Complete the Part 1 entry: December 2, 2018
    • Complete the Part 2 entry: February 10, 2019


WORKSHOPS & INVESTOR EVENTS - APPLY NOW to attend the Gulf or East Coast events

Fish 2.0 is running three segments for the U.S. Aquaculture track, each with its own workshop and investor event, followed by a corresponding online competition. At each workshop, participating venture leaders will have an opportunity to pitch on Day 2 to a group of interested and supportive regional investors and experts - to jumpstart connection building.

U.S. Aquaculture businesses that are interested in growing, creating business relationships with other ventures, seafood experts, government leaders and investors should plan on attending one of these workshops.

Investors, Government, and Industry experts interested in learning more about U.S aquaculture are invited to attend the business presentations and networking event on the second day of each regional event.

Our events are free of charge but you must apply or register below to attend. Space is limited.

The first event was held November 7-8 in Baltimore, Maryland. Businesses from any region can still apply to attend one of the remaining two workshops, though priority at each workshop will be offered to businesses from the region:

View a typical agenda for this workshop and investor event.


Gulf Coast Event - Ocean Springs, Mississippi

When: February 12-13, 2019

Where: Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS

View the flyer for the Gulf Coast workshop (PDF) for more details. A general agenda is included here.


Seafood Ventures

Apply below to attend the Gulf Coast 2-day workshop.
The workshop is strating to fill up.
Early applications will be given preference.

Investors and Industry Experts

Investors, Government, and Industry experts: join us on February 13, 2019, from 3-6pm. A tour of the Thad Cochrane Marine Aquaculture Center will be offered (details to come).


West Coast event (including Hawaii and Alaska) - Seattle, WA, Spring 2019

Details on specific dates and locations of the Seattle workshop will be available here soon.

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Why Participate in the online competition?

  • All finalists reaching a required score threshold will be invited in early 2019 to join our new Fish 2.0 online connection platform to connect with business partners and investor
  • Top scoring finalists will be invited to pitch at the Fish 2.0 Global Innovation Forum in Silicon Valley in late 2019. All other finalists will be invited to attend and network at the event.
  • Read stories from competitors - how past participants have gained from Fish 2.0
  • Listen to competitors explain why you should participate, and what they wish they had known before.

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The U.S. Aquaculture track is made possible thanks to the support of:

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. Learn more on our sponsor page.

We invite co-sponsors to join NOAA in support of this track and its events. Please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss this opportunity to help shape the sustainable seafood sector.

Local Partners

The mission of IMET is to develop innovative approaches to protect and restore coastal marine systems and their watersheds, sustainably use resources in ways to benefit human well-being, and to integrate research excellence with education, training and economic development. Learn more here.
Sea Grant MD
Maryland Sea Grant is part of a network of 33 Sea Grant College programs based at land-grant universities in all the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states. Learn more about their work on aquaculture here.
University of Southern Mississippi
The Thad Cochran Marine Aquaculture Center, an advanced research unit housed within the School of Ocean Science and Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi, focuses on research for advancing sustainable aquaculture on land and in coastal and marine environments. Learn more about USM aquaculturehere.
Sea Grant MS-AL
Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant is part of a network of 33 Sea Grant College programs based at land-grant universities in all the U.S. coastal and Great Lakes states. Learn more about their work on fisheries and aquaculture here.


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