• 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 

  • The 2015 Fish 2.0 Competition: A Chance for Seafood Businesses to Build on Investor Interest

    • Monica Jain
    • January 21, 2015

    Three years ago, when I first started asking investors why they didn’t put more money into seafood ventures, many told me that there just weren’t enough strong businesses out there to warrant the time and energy of adding seafood to their portfolios. At the same time, seafood businesses complained that there were not enough interested investors out there. They said that without investment, new ventures were not worth building and existing ventures could not continue to grow.

  • Wide Range of Investors Join in Launch of New Fish 2.0 Business Competition

    • Fish 2.0
    • January 13, 2015

    CARMEL, CA – More than 15 corporate industry leaders, investors, and philanthropists, including Pentair, CEI, Google Oceans, and RSF Social Finance, joined together to launch the new Fish 2.0 business competition this week.  Fish 2.0 connects investors with business leaders in fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood supply chains. It offers seafood businesses an opportunity to gain visibility, find strategic partners, and ultimately garner new investments in the range of $100,000 to over $10 million. The breadth of sponsors involved in this year’s competition reflects a growing interest in the seafood sector among investors with expertise in technology, supply chain operations, and food sectors systems. Both established companies and early stage enterprises can apply through the Fish 2.0 website (http://www.fish20.org). 

  • Financing Aquaculture - new report by Manta Consulting

    This second investment briefing paper focuses on the aquaculture market and opportunities for innovation in the various industry segments.  Click here to download it.