• Southeast Asia Seafood Businesses: Apply Now for February Fish 2.0 Workshop

    • CARMEL, CA
    • December 23, 2016

    Fish 2.0 Competition Adds Dedicated Track for Southeast Asia Seafood Entrepreneurs

    New track guarantees three spots at final event for Southeast Asia participants; February workshop in Bangkok gives entrepreneurs a head start on applying for the global business competition

    Fish 2.0, the global competition and network for sustainable seafood businesses, is adding a special track for Southeast Asian entrepreneurs. The track will kick off with a three-day workshop focused on engaging investors and preparing participants to apply for the 2017 competition.

  • New England Workshop Coverage

  • New England Seafood Businesses: Apply Now for February Fish 2.0 Workshop

    • CARMEL, CA
    • December 12, 2016

    Three-day program in Boston area provides business-building advice and training, plus a head start on applying for the global Fish 2.0 competition; workshop applications are due Jan.

    Fish 2.0 will hold a free three-day business development workshop for New England seafood businesses at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts, Feb. 6–8, 2017. Participants will learn how to communicate about their business in a way that attracts interest, practice pitching to investors and buyers, and get advice on integrating social and environmental sustainability into their business strategy. The one-page workshop application, available at http://www.fish20.org/newenglandtrack, is due by Jan. 6.

  • Creative Energy Flows to Seafood Sector in South Pacific

    National Geographic
    • Monica Jain
    • December 6, 2016

    “If you had the opportunity to generate income for a whole island, what would you do?”

    That’s how Lili Kawaguchi opened her pitch during the closing session of Fish 2.0’s Pacific Islands business development workshop. The question grabbed the audience’s attention, as did the rest of the Tongan entrepreneur’s pitch for her seaweed products startup. But it’s a pitch she wouldn’t have made two days earlier, at the start of the workshop.

  • Getting Investors Excited About Sustainable Seafood

    • Monica Jain
    • November 10, 2016

    Getting Investors Excited About Sustainable Seafood 
    November 9, 2016

    Anyone who’s spent time in the sustainable seafood sector will tell you it’s a growing industry, full of creativity and innovation – one ripe for investments that will pay out in stronger economies and healthier oceans.

  • Impact Investing for Ocean Ecosystems and Users

    • MEAM Staff
    • October 3, 2016

    Impact investing for ocean ecosystems and users: Capital available, but projects needed!
    October 3, 2016

    For decades, the idea of ‘socially responsible investing’ meant little more than not including companies considered to have a negative social or environmental impact in an investment portfolio. Increasingly, investors are seeking to fund ventures or initiatives that actively achieve positive (and measurable) social or environmental results – while still generating financial returns. These “impact investments” can be made in both emerging and developed markets. And they can tolerate a range of returns, from below-market to above-market rates.

  • Pacific Islands Workshop Coverage


    The Fiji Times: Expert advice for firms

    The Fiji Times: US calls for sustainable fish stock 

    WWF Pacific: US Ambassador opens Pacific Workshop for the 2017 Fish 2.0 Competition

    Loop Samoa: Fish 2.0 returns to the Pacific

  • US calls for sustainable fish stock

    The Fiji Times Online
    • The Fiji Times Online

    United States ambassador to Fiji Judith Cefkin made these comments during the opening of the FISH 2.0 business development workshop in Suva today and added that the US placed priority in promoting sustainable fisheries.

  • White House Recognizes Fish 2.0 Founder

    WASHINGTON, D.C., October 4, 2016. 

    Monica Jain named one of 12 White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood

    On Friday, October 7, the White House will recognize Fish 2.0 founder Monica Jain, Fish 2.0 alumnus Alan Lovewell and 10 other people from across the country as White House Champions of Change for Sustainable Seafood. Jain earned the honor for her achievements with Fish 2.0, as well as her longtime dedication to ocean conservation and advancing seafood sustainability. Lovewell, the CEO and co-founder of Real Good Fish and a 2013 Fish 2.0 finalist, earned recognition for building a community-supported fishery that connects local fishermen with local consumers via weekly deliveries of high-quality sustainable seafood.

    “The United States fishing industry is critical to the economic health and well-being of communities across the country, supporting 1.8 million jobs and contributing over $200 billion to the economy in 2014,” the White House release says. “However, our marine ecosystems are under threat from multiple stressors, including climate change and ocean acidification. The need for innovation in sustainable fisheries has never been greater."

    “Local leaders serve as the backbone of our communities, working to build resilient coasts and striving to protect the at-risk towns whose futures depend on the recovery of our fisheries. The administration applauds the hard work, collaboration and sacrifice by many across the country to become responsible stewards and safeguard our seafood security. These Champions of Change are ensuring the United States is a global leader in sustainable seafood management.”

  • Fish 2.0 to Hold Workshop for Pacific Islands Seafood Businesses—Apply Now

    National Geographic
    • CARMEL, CA
    • September 26, 2016

    Three-day program in Fiji provides business-building advice, help in applying for global competition; workshop applications due October 5

    Fish 2.0 will hold a free three-day business development workshop for Pacific Islands seafood businesses in Suva, Fiji, November 8-10, 2016. Participants will receive expert advice on communicating about their business, training on pitching to investors, and guidance on succeeding in the 2017 Fish 2.0 competition. The one-page workshop application, available at http://www.fish20.org/2017pacifictrack, is due October 5.

  • A Startup in the South Pacific Could Be a Worldwide Model

    National Geographic
    • Monica Jain
    • Sept 7, 2016

    Alfred Kalontas, the founder of ALFA Fishing in Vanuatu, bootstrapped his business from nothing to become the preferred seafood supplier to over 70 percent of the hotels and restaurants in the island nation’s capital, Port Vila. He is now starting to export his high-quality, sustainably caught products to New Zealand and is seeing demand from Australia and beyond.

  • Economies of Scale: Smart Ideas to Fight Fish Fraud

    • Maddie Oatman
    • June 3, 2016

    When you buy fish from the grocery store, it's not always clear exactly what you're getting. The industry is fragmented and murky, plagued by seafood fraud—when fishermen or processors take cheaper, lower quality fish and disguise or mislabel it to try and make more money. Don't count on regulators to catch this deception. In 2009, the Government Accountability Office took a hard look at the three agencies responsible for detecting seafood fraud, and concluded they were failing to "effectively collaborate with each other"—putting consumers' wallets and health at risk.

  • The Race to Find Fish Feeds That Don’t Bankrupt the Ocean

    • Monica Jain
    • May 24, 2016

    Wild fisheries are stable at best and declining at worst. That means we need aquaculture to meet the world’s growing demand for protein. And to feed the world sustainably, the industry has to figure out how to feed farmed fish without using wild fish stocks.

  • Fish 2.0 Network Scales Sustainable Seafood Businesses

    • Monica Jain
    • April 26, 2016

    “Fish 2.0 accelerated our business to a fundamentally different level.” “It’s boosted the confidence and pride of board and staff in our business model, in addition to validating our model with current and potential funders.” “Winning Fish 2.0 was a huge event for our young company.”

  • State of Green Business: The business of oceans catches a wave

    • Elsa Wenzel
    • April 16, 2016

    Seventy percent of the earth’s surface is made of oceans, yet only 5 percent of this vast expanse has been explored — and far less than that protected. Businesses are waking up to untapped economic opportunities within these watery regions, which absorb 30 percent of the planet’s carbon emissions.

  • Monica Jain. The Carmel Valley resident and Fish 2.0 founder riffs on sustainable seafood, and the industry’s future.

    • David Schmalz
    • April 14, 2016

    It wasn’t until Monica Jain was in her 20s that she fell in love with the sea, but it’s not her fault. A St. Louis, Missouri native, Jain studied biology at Stanford, thinking she would go to medical school. As a senior in need of extra credits, she took a scuba diving class, and made her first-ever dive in Monterey Bay near Lovers Point. “I was like, ‘Stop the press! There’s a whole world under here and no one told me!’” she says. “I was so upset.”

  • The Small but Growing Seafood Traceability Startup Scene

    • Louisa Burwood-Taylor
    • March 30, 2016

    Until about five years ago, traceability in the seafood industry was virtually non-existent.

    There were only two scenarios when traceability was demanded, says Dick Jones, executive director of Ocean Outcomes, a non-profit working to improve the sustainability of fisheries globally: if a retailer requested a recall of a certain product, or if they rejected a product.

  • Can salmon talk bring Alaskans together? A new program is testing the waters

    • Laine Welch
    • February 4, 2017

    Salmon is the heart of Alaska fisheries — it almost singlehandedly spawned the push for statehood nearly 60 years ago. A new Alaska Salmon Fellows program wants to make sure Alaskans are poised to "shape the future" of the fish, and it is investing in the people to do so.

  • Why Dealmakers Are Getting Hooked on Aquaculture

    • Renee Cordes
    • February 8, 2016

    A small fish swallowed a bigger fish when the U.K.'s Benchmark Holdings bought Belgium's Inve Aquaculture from Coöperatieve Rabobank and Royal Bank of Scotland in December for about £227 million ($321.8 million).

  • Integrated Capital Funds Can Finance Environmental Markets

    • Meaghan McGrath
    • February 8, 2016

    As conservation finance gains more traction among mainstream investors, discussions about how to evolve early-stage environmental marketplaces to provide more conventional investment opportunities have taken over the halls of conferences. Integrated capital funds may offer one solution.