• 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.

  • Pacific Seafood Companies Reach Finals in the US

    EMTV Online
    • Samantha Semoso
    • September 14, 2015

    Three Fijiian seafood entrepreneurs will feature in the finals of the Fish 2.0 competition in Stanford, California this November.

    Fish 2.0 is a business competition seeking to transform unsustainable seafood sector practices into sustainable businesses.

    It connects global seafood businesses with potential investors giving them an opportunity to win over US$180,000 in prizes, gain international visibility, find strategic partners and ultimately garner new investments for their businesses.

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  • Casting a Tight Net

    Stanford Social Innovation Review
    • Sarah Murray
    • Fall 2015

    The exploitation of workers in the Thai seafood industry is one of the worst examples of human rights abuse in the world today. Humanity United is pursuing a strategy that combines carrots and sticks—collaboration and activism—to confront that problem.

    In June 2014, The Guardian newspaper published a series of reports1 that detailed the practice of human trafficking in the Thai fishing industry. Migrant workers had paid brokers to help them find work in Thai factories or on Thai construction sites. Instead, the brokers or their associates had sold the workers to fishing boat captains—at a price of less than $400, in some cases. One trafficking victim said that he had witnessed the killing of roughly 20 of his fellow workers. He had even seen members of a fishing boat crew tie one worker by his limbs to the bows of four vessels, so that the ocean waves would tear the worker’s body apart. Such abuses, according to the Guardian investigation, lay at the heart of the industry that puts shrimp on the tables of consumers all around the world. Much of the global seafood industry, in short, is built on a modern form of human slavery.

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  • 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?

  • 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 Tracking App Connects Consumers To Their Catch

    • Molly Solomon

    (Molly Solomon of HPR Hawaii interviewed Monica Jain and Local l'a in Hawaii about seafood traceability. Local l'a was a Fish 2.0 semi-finalist in the 2013 competition)

    If you’ve ever been curious about where and how the fish on your dinner plate was caught, now there’s an app for that. HPR’s Molly Solomon reports on new technology that’s tracing the fish on your plate back to the sea.

    After eyeing the akule appetizer at a Kaimukī restaurant, Jason Chow whips out his smartphone and scans a code on the menu to find out more about the reef fish. “You just scan this QR code,” said Chow. “And you discover who caught it, when it was caught, where it was caught and how.”

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  • Investors Target Growing Demand for Healthy, Sustainable, Tasty Fish

    • David Bank
    • June 18, 2015

    ImpactAlpha.com-The hook is baited, and private-equity and venture-capital fund managers are reeling in capital to finance next-generation fish-farming enterprises across the country and around the world.

  • 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.

  • Your share of the ocean: blue business opportunities

    • Kristin Rechberger
    • June 11, 2015

    Do you value the ocean? Many would say they love it, relating memories of a deserved vacation, carefree summer times, or the taste of their favorite fish. But exactly how much do you value it?

  • Tracing the Fish on Your Plate Back to the Sea

    • Catherine Elton
    • May 21, 2015

    A San Francisco startup’s tracking system for seafood is helping Chilean fishermen earn more

    For decades, José Barrios has made a living pulling flounder and abalone out of the frigid waters off Chile’s central coast using nothing more than nets, an iron hook, and his strong back. Today, the 56-year-old fisherman also taps into satellite networks and the cloud to earn the best possible price for his catch.

    Barrios is one of about 250 Chilean fishermen who have signed on with Shellcatch, a San Francisco startup seeking to profit from the growing demand for sustainable seafood. The company hopes its technology will combat the overfishing and fraud that threaten the international seafood trade. The Pew Charitable Trusts estimates that one out of five fish taken from the ocean is caught illegally, depleting stocks of certain species to levels that imperil their survival. Whether it’s to avoid fines for fishing without permits or going over their quota or simply to boost profits, fishermen often try to pass off one type of fish as another. Oceana, a U.S. nonprofit, ran DNA tests on 1,200 fish samples and found that one-third had been mislabeled, according to a 2013 report. “We think technology in the seafood space can disrupt the way business is being done, which currently involves large amounts of species fraud and illegality,” says Shellcatch founder Alfredo Sfeir. “Technology allows you to know the people behind your fish. That’s how it used to be.”

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  • Silicon Valley’s Clean Tech Investors Eyeing Sustainable Food, Experts Say

    • Jeanine Stewart
    • May 18, 2015

    MONTEREY, California -- Food is becoming the epicenter of the growing responsible investment movement in the San Francisco Bay area's Silicon Valley, panelists said during the impact investing discussion at Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Food Institute last week.

  • Surge in Fish 2.0 Applications is Good News for Oceans, Communities and Investors

    • Monica Jain
    • May 6, 2015

    When I started Fish 2.0, many investors, foundations, and even seafood experts said it would be difficult to get more than 50 entries in a competition for sustainable seafood businesses. They were not seeing many innovative seafood businesses, and they believed most of those they did see were not looking for investment. The inaugural competition in 2013 showed that assessment was off the mark: it drew 83 entries. This year’s application period, which closed April 27, shows that innovation in the seafood sector is positively surging: we received 170 entries, more than double the number in the previous field.

  • Fish 2.0 Competition Sees Boost in Asia, Pacific Applicants

    • Intrafish
    • May 5, 2015

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  • Supporting Sustainable Fisheries Through the Fish 2.0 Competition

    Dipnote U.S. Department of State Official Blog
    • Judith Cefkin
    • April 24, 2015

    The negative impacts of climate change are all too common in the Pacific Islands. Islands face a real threat of sea level rise and are increasingly vulnerable to natural disasters, as we saw with Super Cyclone Pam, which devastated Vanuatu in March. As Secretary Kerry highlighted during last year’s Our Ocean Conference, the ocean is essential to maintaining the environment in which we all live. The need for sustainable approaches to business and utilizing natural resources is increasingly evident, and it’s reassuring to see the small and medium sized businesses taking on this challenge.

  • Fish 2.0 is Searching the Seven Seas for Seafood Entrepreneurs

    Dipnote U.S. Department of State Official Blog
    • Maura Dilley
    • April 16, 2015

    A Fish 2.0 workshop in Fiji last month to explore ways to develop the South Pacific’s fishing industry was interrupted by a staggering object lesson: the devastation of Vanuatu by Super Cyclone Pam.

  • 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.

  • With a Key Food Source at Risk, Big Funders Back a Different Kind of Fishing Contest

    • Paul M.J. Suchecki
    • April 2, 2015

    Fish is one of the healthiest foods, high in protein, vitamin D, and if it’s a cold deep water fish, like Pacific Salmon, the same compounds that keep fish blood circulating, Omega 3 fatty acids, can keep our own blood flowing too, lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure. Unfortunately, increasing world demand has led to 40 percent of the world’s fisheries being overfished resulting in more than $50 billion of global economic losses per year. Worse, the trend poses a profound threat to human food sources.

  • Ending Seafood Slavery: How Tracing Seafood Can Protect Humans, Too

    • David Bank and Maura Dilley
    • March 20, 2015

    To blood diamonds, sweatshop apparel and other products to avoid, now add slave shrimp.

    The global fishing industry, and the Thai fishing fleet in particular, is increasingly being called to account for abuses that represent not just virtual slavery, but the real thing.

    The new attention to human rights is expanding the definition of "sustainable seafood" to include not only fish and the oceans they swim in, but the working conditions of the people who catch them. Indeed, exploitation of people is almost always accompanied by exploitation of nature.

    Now, the same tools that help buyers choose fillets from environment-friendly sources are starting to be used to trace seafood to socially responsible suppliers as well. At the big Boston Seafood Expo this week, the Obama administration announced a traceability program to track seafood from its harvest through its import into the U.S., part of a broader plan to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. California's Transparency in Supply Chains Act requires businesses to disclose their efforts, if any, to eradicate human trafficking and slavery from their supply chains.

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  • 2015 Workshop Coverage

    The Fiji Times Online

    The Fiji Times Online: Fish 2.0 to foster Growth

    The Fiji Sun Online: Sustaining Marine Life

    The Fiji Sun Online: Fish 2.0 inspires Valevou

    The Fiji Times Online: Fisheries Business Competition Attracts Interest 

    National Geographic: Entrepreneurs around Micronesia Restore Both Fisheries and Local Economies