Bloomberg Jumps Into the Ocean — and Impact Investing

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a big splash in the oceans world recently with a $53 million commitment that put him among the top five funders of ocean restoration and sustainable seafood. No less significantly, the grant also makes Mr. Bloomberg one of the biggest supporters of impact investing. Attracting private capital to

Stocking the Investment Pipeline in Sustainable Seafood

There’s now a good answer for impact investors who wonder where to look for deals in sustainable seafood and ocean preservation: Fish 2.0. Last week’s two-day event to cap the year-long business competition showcased 20 finalists andsemi-finalists with a wide range of seafood businesses from distribution and marketing systems to tracking and data technologies to

Impact Fund Invests in Aquaculture to Preserve Oceans

Within a few years, most of the fish we eat will be farmed, not caught. That could be a boon for already over-stressed oceans. But the worldwide explosion of aquaculture since 1970 has left its own trail of environmental destruction, from toxic concentrations of waste, to outbreaks of disease, to the continued over-harvesting of smaller

Impact Fund Invests in Aquaculture to Preserve Oceans

Within a few years, most of the fish we eat will be farmed, not caught. That could be a boon for already over-stressed oceans. But the worldwide explosion of aquaculture since 1970 has left its own trail of environmental destruction, from toxic concentrations of waste, to outbreaks of disease, to the continued over-harvesting of smaller

SmartFish: Catching Gold in the Fish Market

The Japanese fisherman caught a goliath grouper and began to cry. That was when Hoyt Peckham knew things had to change. Peckham had been in the fishing industry for decades, fishing and advising fishing communities in Maine, the Caribbean, Mexico, Polynesia, and Southeast Asia. He had organized exchanges among Japanese, Hawaiian, and Mexican fishermen to

Seafood Startups Stress Sustainability

The $390 billion global seafood industry suffers from staggering levels of waste and opaque supply chains — presenting ample opportunities for entrepreneurs with more sustainable and efficient approaches. Many of those solutions will be on display next month at the finals of the Fish 2.0 business competition at Stanford University November 12 and 13. The

Impact Investors Fish for Deals to Save the Oceans

Investments in sustainable fisheries and ocean preservation ventures need to move from “uncoordinated innovation” to the “marketplace building” stage of development, with easy-to-understand and profitable models that can capitalize on growing interest from impact investors. That is the consensus of impact investors after a series of oceans-related panels and discussions at SOCAP13, the social capital markets