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

Do You Know Who Caught Your Fish? Direct Relationships Cut Seafood Fraud and Boost Fishing Income

When it comes to sustainable seafood, barcode identifiers and environmental certificates only go so far. The real key is genuine relationships with the people who hauled in the catch. From Alaska to Boston to San Francisco, conservationist Native Americans, nonprofit organizers, and seafood entrepreneurs are developing ways to safeguard consumers and empower fishing communities. The

Farmerline: Giving voice, and business advice, to African fish farmers

The ‘aha’ moment came during a simple phone call from Alloysius Attah’s aunt. If Ghanaian women like the cassava farmer who raised him were using basic mobile phones, Attah realized Farmerlinecould help them increase their yields and their incomes. Since the spring, Attah and Farmerline have used simple voice messages — in Twi, Ga, Fanti,

“Fair Trade Fish” to Certify Conditions of Fishermen Along With Fish

Tens of millions of consumers recognize the Fair Trade USA label on coffee, chocolate, tea and herbs. Now they’ll gain some insight into the working conditions and economic viability of the people who harvest their fish and seafood. “Current ratings are largely based on the condition of the [fish] stock vs. fishing practices used,” says

“Fair Trade Fish” to Certify Conditions of Fishermen Along With Fish

Tens of millions of consumers recognize the Fair Trade USA label on coffee, chocolate, tea and herbs. Now they’ll gain some insight into the working conditions and economic viability of the people who harvest their fish and seafood. “Current ratings are largely based on the condition of the [fish] stock vs. fishing practices used,” says

Financing Sea Grass Restoration with Carbon Credits

Sea grass restoration helps halt erosion and arrest habitat loss. And sea grass meadows may also be one of best carbon investments around. That suggests an economic model for seagrass restoration projects and a win-win for the oceans – by sequestering carbon, seagrass may slow ocean acidification. The world’s seagrass meadows have declined significantly over

Incubating Aquaculture Businesses at the Base of the Pyramid

Successful projects, dwindling funds. What’s an innovative NGO to do? One answer: Build a deal pipeline for impact investors looking for investable ventures. WorldFish, a Malaysia-based spinoff of the the “green revolution” pioneer CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), reached this crossroads in 2010. International aid had run out for aquaculture initiatives that had