2017 Finalists


40 companies competed in the 2017 Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum & Finals at Stanford University on November 7 & 8. These Finalists were selected to compete after being reviewed by expert judges in previous phases of the competition.

American Unagi - Thomaston, Maine

American Unagi - Thomaston, Maine

American Unagi is an aquaculture company in Maine that sources locally harvested glass eels and grows them to market size for the domestic seafood market.

New England (U.S.) Track - Short Pitch Winner


BitCliq - Lisbon, Portugal

BitCliq - Lisbon, Portugal

Big Eye – Smart Fishing is a cloud-based sustainable-seafood operating system that allows cost-effective, end-to-end transparency across the entire supply chain by codifying trust from sea to plate.

Transparency & Traceability Track


Blue Ocean Gear - Redwood City, California

Blue Ocean Gear - Redwood City, California

Blue Ocean Gear is a Northern California–based start-up company that uses technology to enable sustainable fishing practices. Our Smart Buoy device detects and locates lost or entangled gear, which otherwise would remain in the ocean and add to devastating financial and environmental impacts.

West Coast (U.S.) Track


Blue Water Metrics - Medford, Massachusetts

Blue Water Metrics - Medford, Massachusetts

Blue Water Metrics (BWM) is a crowdsourcing platform for ocean health data by consolidating the world’s existing databases and deploying Internet of Things sensors on commercial vessels (including fishing vessels).

New England (U.S.) Track


ColomboSky - Verona, Italy

ColomboSky - Verona, Italy

ColomboSky is developing Aqua-X, a technology for the marine aquaculture industry. An accurate and complete water-quality monitoring tool that uses satellite images, in-situ data, and the supervision of experts, Aqua-X can monitor multiple critical and noncritical stock health parameters.

Transparency & Traceability Track


Didds Fishing Company - Honiara, Soloman Islands

Didds Fishing Company - Honiara, Soloman Islands

Didds Fishing provides small fishing boats, outboard motors, and fishing gear on a soft loan basis to select fishing families in artificial-island communities.

Pacific Islands Track Winner


EnerGaia - Bangkok, Thailand

EnerGaia - Bangkok, Thailand

EnerGaia has devised a way to farm spirulina, a nutritious algae superfood, that not only tastes good but can be grown anywhere. The company offers an innovative production system that uses seawater to grow spirulina on urban rooftops and in rural communities.

Southeast Asia Track Track Winner


Enseñame a Pescar - Trujillo, Peru

Enseñame a Pescar - Trujillo, Peru

Enseñame a Pescar (Teach Me to Fish) has an innovative business model to create positive social, economic, and environmental impacts in Peru. We teach and train Peruvian fishermen who lack technological support for adopting new methods to improve their catch.

Chile & Peru Track


F4F: Food for the Future - Santiago, Chile

F4F: Food for the Future - Santiago, Chile

F4F is a science-based Chilean start-up that is dedicated to transforming organic waste into high-value, sustainable, and nutritious feed ingredients.

Chile & Peru Track


Fishery Micro Finance - Jakarta, Indonesia

Fishery Micro Finance - Jakarta, Indonesia

Fishery Micro Finance is an Indonesia-based social venture that will provide small-scale finance to fishermen to transition them to higher levels of quality and sustainability.

Southeast Asia Track


Fishery Networks - Bali, Indonesia

Fishery Networks - Bali, Indonesia

Fishery Networks is a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) implementer in Indonesia focused on blue swimming crabs. We aim to establish fishery exclusion zones, without these being viewed as forfeited fishing grounds, by overlaying low-trophic-level aquaculture in the area so that fishermen realize income-generating benefits.

Southeast Asia Track


FishExtend - Santiago, Chile

FishExtend - Santiago, Chile

FishExtend's product extends the shelf life of fresh fish using natural ingredients and reduces production losses due to spoilage.

Chile & Peru Track


Gaskiya Diagnostics - Baltimore, Maryland

Gaskiya Diagnostics - Baltimore, Maryland

Gaskiya Diagnostics supports a new era of disease management in aquaculture. Farmers can easily, affordably, and accurately diagnose disease in real time using Gaskiya’s patented rapid diagnostic test (RDT).

South Atlantic & Gulf Coast (U.S.) Track


Indigo Seafood Palau - Palau and Florida, USA

Indigo Seafood Palau - Palau and Florida, USA

Indigo Seafood is building a profitable deep-ocean aquaculture company to protect and restock depleted coral reef fish, while providing jobs, self-employment, career training, and food security for the citizens of Palau.

Pacific Islands Track


Kepley BioSystems, Inc - Greensboro, North Carolina

Kepley BioSystems, Inc - Greensboro, North Carolina

Kepley BioSystems, Inc. (KBI) is a life-sciences company founded to help secure the global food web by conserving the wild fish (up to 40 billion) that are captured with destructive methods and used as bait each year. KBI developed OrganoBait™, a sustainable, synthetic alternative to wild bait, with National Science Foundation support.

South Atlantic & Gulf Coast (U.S.) Track


Natura Seafood - Jakarta, Indonesia

Natura Seafood - Jakarta, Indonesia

Natura Seafood is a sustainable seafood supplier company that is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. Natura Seafood provides customers in the retail, hospitality, and food industries with a variety of sustainable wild-caught seafood that is of high quality and sourced directly from Eastern Indonesian fishing communities.

Southeast Asia Track


Northline Seafoods - Sitka, Alaska

Northline Seafoods - Sitka, Alaska

Northline Seafoods is an Alaska-based primary processor of sustainable, wild salmon. Our floating facility freezes fish in whole form at ultra-low temperatures, allowing for full utilization of the fish with zero waste discharge into the ocean.

West Coast & Alaska (U.S.) Track Winner


NovoNutrients - Sunnyvale, California

NovoNutrients - Sunnyvale, California

NovoNutrients converts CO2 from industrial emissions into feed for fish and other animals. Our NovoMeal is an all-natural superfood made by a proprietary gas fermentation process.

Supply Chain Innovation Track Winner


Nutrition Technologies - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nutrition Technologies - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nutrition Technologies is an early stage insect-based protein company in Vietnam. We produce high-grade proteins and oils from black soldier fly larvae as a sustainable alternative to fishmeal and soymeal in aquaculture feeds.

Southeast Asia Track


OneForNeptune - Santa Fe, New Mexico

OneForNeptune - Santa Fe, New Mexico

OneForNeptune is a pre-revenue start-up on the U.S. West Coast offering healthy, high-protein snack foods made from seafood products.

Supply Chain Innovation Track


Panacea Oyster Co-Op Corporation - Spring Creek, Florida

Panacea Oyster Co-Op Corporation - Spring Creek, Florida

Panacea Oyster Co-Op Corporation was formed by oyster ranchers who recognized the need for shared resources so they could sell their product under one recognizable national and international brand name.

South Atlantic & Gulf Coast (U.S.) Track Winner


PatBio Feed - Valdivia, Chile

PatBio Feed - Valdivia, Chile

PatBio Feed is a biotech company based in Chilean Patagonia and focused on developing fish feed supplements that will decrease antibiotic use in aquaculture. By sourcing raw material from artisanal fishers, PatBio Feed will significantly increase their income.

Supply Chain Innovation Track


Pensacola Bay Oyster Company - Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola Bay Oyster Company - Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola Bay Oyster Company is a vertically integrated oyster farm located in Pensacola, Florida. We produce premium oysters for the half-shell market, with the goal of restoring the environment and working waterfronts of the Gulf Coast.

South Atlantic & Gulf Coast (U.S.) Track


Pesca en Línea - Valdivia, Chile

Pesca en Línea - Valdivia, Chile

Pesca en Línea (Fishing by Hand Line) is a company whose owners are the craft fishermen themselves, including 1,300 fishermen organized in 22 unions, led by a board of 7 members.

Chile & Peru Track


Real Oyster Cult - Duxbury, Massachusetts

Real Oyster Cult - Duxbury, Massachusetts

Real Oyster Cult, started by oyster farmers in Duxbury, Massachusetts, connects retail customers to high-quality, sustainably farmed oysters from all over North America by shipping overnight to their door.

New England (U.S.) Track Winner


Sandbar Oyster Company - Morehead City, North Carolina

Sandbar Oyster Company - Morehead City, North Carolina

Oysters, and the reefs they create, are crucial for shoreline protection, water quality, and sustainable wild and farmed seafood production. Sandbar Oyster Company is an early stage company with a proprietary, biodegradable hardscape, Oyster Catcher™, that addresses these market needs.

South Atlantic & Gulf Coast (U.S.) Track


Seafood IQ - Reykjavik, Iceland

Seafood IQ - Reykjavik, Iceland

Seafood IQ is a seafood technology developer that aims to make the seafood world more open and transparent with printed RFID labels and an advanced technology platform where people, products, and companies are connected.

Transparency & Traceability Track


ShellBond - Wilmington, North Carolina

ShellBond - Wilmington, North Carolina

ShellBond is an environmental technology company solving the problems of oyster habitat restoration, spat sedimentation, oil cleanup, and non-organic antioxidants in salmon farms.

South Atlantic & Guld Coast (U.S.) Track


ShellTrak - Wilmington, North Carolina

ShellTrak - Wilmington, North Carolina

ShellTrak provides an innovative solution for aquaculture farm management and food traceability and is aimed at shellfish hatcheries, nurseries, and farmers.

South Atlantic & Gulf Coast (U.S.) Track


Shepherd Islands Organic Seafood - Shefa Province, Vanuatu

Shepherd Islands Organic Seafood - Shefa Province, Vanuatu

Shepherd Islands Organic Seafood is a community-based, locally owned entity located on an organic island in Vanuatu. We farm sea cucumbers in the pristine oceans of the Southwest Pacific, handpicking, processing, and packaging the resource for export.

Pacific Islands Track


SmartCatch, Inc. - Palo Alto, California

SmartCatch, Inc. - Palo Alto, California

SmartCatch is a fishing technology company. Our flagship product, DigiCatch, is a remotely controllable video, lighting, and oceanographic catch monitoring system that allows fishermen to respond to their harvest in real-time and avoid bycatch, costly fines, and quota limits.

West Coast (U.S.) Track


Sustainable Fishery Trade - Lima, Peru

Sustainable Fishery Trade - Lima, Peru

Sustainable Fishery Trade (SFT) is the first Peruvian social enterprise that empowers local fishermen as free actors through technology and connects them with restaurants and end consumers.

Chile & Peru Track Winner


ThisFish Seafood Traceability - Vancouver, Canada

ThisFish Seafood Traceability - Vancouver, Canada

ThisFish is a global provider of seafood traceability technology that improves business efficiency and increases trust and transparency in the seafood supply chain.

Transparency & Traceability Track Winner


TunaSolutions - Sydney, Australia

TunaSolutions - Sydney, Australia

TunaSolutions is an online, centralized marketplace that facilitates real-time trading and connects the B2B tuna industry through a series of online auctions.

Transparency & Traceability Track


VakSea - Baltimore, Maryland

VakSea - Baltimore, Maryland

VakSea’s new, patented oral vaccine offers aquaculture farmers highly effective, extremely affordable, and easy-to-deliver protection for their fish against devastating diseases.

South Atlantic & Gulf Coast Track


Vericatch / IQMI - Vancouver, Canada

Vericatch / IQMI - Vancouver, Canada

Vericatch is an 11-year-old Vancouver-based company that helps fisheries record their catch data. Vericatch's third-generation FisheriesApp is a modular, configurable platform that can be quickly deployed, is robust for regulators, and gives the fishing industry data to manage resources.

Transparency & Traceability Track


VerifiK8 - Bangkok, Thailand

VerifiK8 - Bangkok, Thailand

VerifiK8 helps seafood buyers make safe and responsible choices through an affordable yet credible monitoring and verification software application that de-risks operations in their supply chain.

Transparency & Traceability Track


ViAqua - Misgav, Israel

ViAqua - Misgav, Israel

ViAqua’s oral delivery solution will treat viral diseases in aquaculture. Current treatments depend mostly on costly injection, which is not feasible for shellfish and many fish species.

Supply Chain Innovation Track


Ynsect - Evry, France

Ynsect - Evry, France

Ynsect produces insect-based primary ingredients in line with fish feed industry standards. Our objective is to place insects back in the position that is rightfully theirs in the food system.

Supply Chain Innovation Track