• Announcing winners of this year’s Fish 2.0 competition—innovations in aquaculture

    • Tides Canada
    • November 25, 2015

    Tides Canada continues to support the Fish 2.0 business competition (via our Salmon Aquaculture Innovation Fund) to advance sustainable aquaculture solutions that protect wild salmon and the marine environment while encouraging a successful seafood industry.

  • A Social Enterprise That Turns Recycled Fishing Nets Into Skateboards

    • Anne Field
    • November 24, 2015.

    The world’s oceans and beaches are teeming with all sorts of plastic waste, so social entrepreneurs are trying to address the problem by seeking new uses for the material. Bureo, one such startup, is focused on a particular source of pollution: fishing nets.

  • Fish 2.0 Competition Aims to Change the Future of Seafood

    The Walton Family
    • The Walton Family Foundation
    • November 24, 2015

    Entrepreneurs and investors connect to create a responsible seafood industry

    When Kelly Harrell started crafting the idea of the Alaska Community Seafood Hub, she knew that improving business, people’s lives and the environment go hand in hand. In November, as part of the Fish 2.0 competition, Kelly pitched her business model to a room full of investors, ocean and fishing industry experts and grantmakers who shared her vision of a sustainable seafood market. She walked away with $5,000 and countless connections to help build a strong community-based fishery and bring high-quality seafood from Alaskan fishermen to local consumers.

  • Fish 2.0 Entrepreneurs Shape Future of Sustainable Seafood

    Triple Pundit
    • Monica Jain
    • November 23, 2015

    As most TriplePundit readers know, our oceans and the people who depend on them are in trouble. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, about 70 percent of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, overexploited or collapsing under the pressure of a $390 billion global seafood market. Yet analysts expect seafood demand to double by 2050, and island and coastal communities around the world depend on seafood for both sustenance and economic health.

  • Fish 2.0: Helping to Fill 3 Gaps in Aquaculture

    Ag Funder News
    • Mike Betts
    • November 20, 2015

    Last week, I attended Fish 2.0, a biennial business competition event for innovation in seafood with a focus on aquaculture at Stanford University. I came home babbling to my friends about the first day, to which their response was, what is aquaculture? So to take a small step back, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) describes aquaculture — as opposed to capture fisheries — as:

  • Like fish in a barrel: Seafood innovators land investor interest

    The Advocate, Global Aquaculture Alliance
    • James Wright
    • November 20, 2015

    Aquaculture companies perfect their pitches at second Fish 2.0 competition.

    The fisheries and aquaculture industries have more in common than the production of seafood. They each need innovation, emerging leadership and investment to advance the sustainability of their wide-ranging operations. All were on display at Fish 2.0, an industry-investor competition (and quasi-matchmaking event) held at Stanford University earlier this month.

  • 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.