• Entrepreneurs Pitch Sustainable Seafood Ideas. Investors Take The Bait

    • Clare Leschin-Hoar
    • November 17, 2015

    When you're trying to persuade investors to pour money into your new seafood startup, maybe don't use the term maggots.

    That's the advice that Hoyt Peckham, president of SmartFish, Inc., offered to one of his fellow competitors last week at the Fish 2.0 competition at Stanford University in California.

  • Fish 2.0 Competition Awards Six Companies with Cash, Investment Chance for Seafood Innovations

    • November 16, 2015.

    The annual Fish 2.0 compeition awarded six seafood companies with cash prizes and investment opportunity for their creative approaches to solving industry problems in various sectors of the industry.

  • Vanuatu seafood company takes top prize at Fish 2.0 competition

    • Loop
    • November 15, 2015

    Alfa Fishing received an award in the growth-stage category at the 2015 Fish 2.0 Competition Finals and Sustainable Seafood Innovation Forum in the US

    The Forum honors companies that demonstrate sustainability, innovation and support for local communities.

  • Fish2.0, il contest ha premiato sei progetti innovativi e sostenibili

    • November 14, 2015

    Si è concluso il contest Fish 2.0 dedicato alla sostenibilità e all’innovazione nel settore ittico. Premi in denaro sono andati a sei start up che si sono distinte per la validità delle loro proposte. La competizione puntava all’incontro tra imprese di pesca e acquacoltura con potenziali investitori.

  • Seafood innovators scoop top prizes

    • Jenny Hjul
    • November 13, 2015

    SIX seafood innovators capped the Fish 2.0 Competition Finals and Sustainable Seafood Innovation Forum this week by earning cash prizes and top scores in their categories from the competition’s investor-judges.

  • Seafood companies take top prizes at Fish 2.0 competition

    • Sean Murphy
    • November 13, 2015

    Companies ranging from a sashimi farmer to a skateboard manufacturer received top prizes in the 2015 Fish 2.0 Competition Finals and Sustainable Seafood Innovation Forum, which honors companies that demonstrate sustainability, innovation and support for local communities.

  • Rich Menu of Seafood Investments Among Fish 2.0 Contest Winners

    • Maura Dilley
    • November 11, 2015

    From a Kampachi tuna farm in Baja California, Mexico, to a seafood distributor in Vanuatu in the south Pacific, to a Chilean company that recycles fishing gear into trendy lifestyle products, to indoor vegetables farms growing on fish waste in London, the winners of the Fish2.0 business competition showcased global innovation in sustainable seafood.

  • 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.

  • Pacific Island Seafood Startups Showcase Sustainability at the Source

    Impact Alpha
    • Maura Dilley
    • November 5, 2015

    Growing retail demand for sustainable seafood from North America and Europe is creating economic opportunities for environment-friendly businesses closer to the fish and the men and women who catch and process them.

    In the South Pacific and Southeast Asia, among the world’s richest fishing grounds, a new school of seafood companies is working to keep more of those riches in local communities. Investors will get a look at a half-dozen companies from the regions at next week’s finals of the Fish 2.0 business competition.

  • Progetti significativi a tutela della tracciabilità. Fish 2.0, a giorni l’evento finale

    • November 3, 2015

    L' industria ittica ha una delle più complesse catene di fornitura, spesso coinvolge dalle cinque alle sette aziende dalla cattura al piatto, ciascuna tenuta a produrre una documentazione dettagliata. Una nuova ondata di imprenditori lascia intravedere una opportunità per rendere l'industria ittica più trasparente per consumatori, aziende e governi che lottano per la sostenibilità.

    Il mercato del gambero racchiude molti di questi problemi. Il gambero è una delle specie maggiormente consumata, rappresentando un mercato di 5 miliardi di $ negli Stati Uniti e 2 miliardi di euro nell'Unione Europea. Più della metà della produzione mondiale proviene dall'acquacoltura, settore che è cresciuto rapidamente negli ultimi anni, soprattutto in Asia. Questa crescita rapida e la mancanza di controlli ha portato la distruzione degli habitat, epidemie, e nel caso dei produttori tailandesi di mangimi, le violazioni dei diritti dei lavoratori.

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  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.