Pontos Aqua: Sustainability Drives Private Equity Aquaculture Investment

It’s not surprising that impact investors believe environmental sustainability creates long-term value. That a traditional private equity investor is betting on sustainability — that’s a signal of an important market shift. That shift has occurred in aquaculture, says Francisco Saraiva Gomes, CEO of Pontos Aqua Holdings, an investment company he formed last year with Tinicum

Sustainable Fish: Luxury or Necessity?

Among the glimpses I got of the changing seafood industry this month on a family visit to Deer Isle, Maine: working waterfronts, fish farms and climate change. Maine’s waters are among the fastest-warming in the world. The impact on fisheries is dramatic, including the closure of the cod and northern shrimp seasons. Still-plentiful lobster are

Now We Know Why She Swallowed a Fly: These Insects Feed Fish That Feed People

The idea of roasted, pulverized black soldier fly larvae may not make your mouth water. But farmed fish and other livestock are starting to feast on feed made from these fast-growing maggots, which means you’ll likely be eating more of them as well, at least indirectly. It gets even better: the black soldier fly larvae

Aqua-Spark Invests $4 Million in Two Fish Farming Ventures

Dutch sustainable aquaculture fund Aqua-Spark invested $4 million in two ventures aiming to transform the fish farming industry. The fund invested in Calysta, a California biotech company that produces a fishmeal substitute made from naturally-occurring microbes that are grown through fermentation. The fund’s second investment is in Chicoa Fish Farm, a Mozambique-based fish farming operation

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

Shrimp and Sea Cucumber Farms Offer Models for Aquaculture Investments

From shrimp in Mexico to sea cucumbers in Madagascar, pioneering NGOs are testing new approaches to open ocean aquaculture that emphasize environmental stewardship and increasing local wealth — and lay the foundation for financially investable models. In the Gulf of California,Olazul, or “blue wave,” is prototyping small-scale, pod-like shrimp farming enclosures to grow local shrimp