AquaSpark, Seafood Champion Finalist, Vision

AquaSpark, Seafood Champion Finalist, Vision

Aqua-Spark is a global investment fund with a mission to transform the global aquaculture industry into one that is healthier, more sustainable and more accessible. As very active investors, they invest in aquaculture companies across the value chain, from farming operations to alternative feed ingredients, disease battling, technology, all the way to consumer facing aquaculture products. These companies are solving some of the industry’s big challenges while bringing returns that are comparable to today’s traditional industry. The portfolio works as an ecosystem, with the companies agreeing to collaborate on optimal solutions, and work together toward this shared vision of a more efficient global aquaculture industry.The vision is a portfolio of 60-80 companies by 2030, creating a large, all encompassing example of an aquaculture system that works.

This ecosystem portfolio lives within a much larger global ecosystem of industry partners, NGOs, investors, experts and institutions aligned toward the same vision of a more sustainable global aquaculture industry.

Supporting Links:

AquaSpark.nl

ResponSEAble: Sustainable Fisheries & Aquaculture

TED Talks: Mike Velings – The Case For Fish Farming

Janice Lao, Seafood Champion Finalist, Vision

Janice Lao, Seafood Champion Finalist, Vision

Janice Lao is the Director – Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at The Hongkong & Shanghai Hotels Limited. She is an environmental scientist and development economist, multi-awarded throughout her 15-year career, most recently listed in Forbes as one of the top female sustainability leaders and was award the 2019 Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Award. Throughout her international career, she has been based in Asia, North America and Europe, and worked for world-renowned international think tanks and blue-chip multinational conglomerates in the transport, energy, extractive, FMCG, property and hospitality sectors. Her work has been highlighted by global organisations such as Fortune’s Change the World list in 2017.

Janice’s expertise lies in embedding sustainability into businesses– ranging from sustainability management, successful identification and implementation of projects using green bond, M&A, and equity financing structures, as well as advising board members/senior management. She has a masters and a diploma in business from the University of Oxford.

 

Dr. Darian McBain, Seafood Champion WINNER, Vision

Dr. Darian McBain, Seafood Champion WINNER, Vision

Dr. Darian McBain is the Global Director of Sustainable Development at Thai Union, the largest seafood processor in the world. Her previous work includes serving as the Sustainable Procurement Lead for the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, advising the United Nations, working in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, and heading her own strategy and sustainability consultancy. She holds a PhD on social indicators for global supply chain analysis from the University of Sydney, where she serves as an Adjunct Senior Lecturer of Integrated Sustainability Analysis. Darian is the winner of the Edie Sustainability Leader of the Year Award 2018 and the Ethical Corporation 2018 Responsible Business Leader of the Year.

 

Supporting Links:

2017 SeaChange Sustainability Report

Undercurrent News: Thai Union named on Dow Jones sustainability index for fifth straight year

SeafoodSource News: Thai Union, Chicken of the Sea, and Monterey Bay Aquarium announce sustainability collaboration

OPAGAC, Seafood Champion Finalist, Vision

OPAGAC, Seafood Champion Finalist, Vision

The group OPAGAC-AGAC represents 9 companies, 47 purse seiners, that operate in tropical waters of the 3 major Oceans: Atlantic, Indian and Pacific. Since its inception OPAGAC has strived to ensure that its fleet operates sustainably, in full compliance with domestic and international requirements.

Opagac’s commitment to sustainable fishing practices materialized in the signature, in February 2016, of a MOU with WWF to join efforts in the implementation of a Fishery Improvement Project. OPAGAC’s FIP will last up to five years within which the OPAGAC fleet will aim to undertake certification of its fishery with the Marine Stewardship Council. OPAGAC hopes to be the first purse seine fleet to achieve full certification of its fishery, including all fishing modes. 

Supporting Links:

OPAGAC.org

BUENAS PRÁCTICAS PARA UNA PESCA ATUNERA DE CERCO RESPONSABLE

AENOR.com

Austral Fisheries, Seafood Champion Finalist, Vision

Austral Fisheries, Seafood Champion Finalist, Vision

Austral Fisheries is one of Australia’s largest integrated commercial fishing companies, whose seafood can be found in some of the world’s finest restaurants. From the giant Skull Island Tiger Prawns caught in Australia’s Northern Prawn Fishery to the prized Glacier 51 Toothfish from Australia’ sub-Antarctic, everything we do and catch is driven by the pursuit of quality and sustainability.  The four Australian Commonwealth fisheries that Austral operate in are

independently certified as sustainable and well managed by the Marine Stewardship Council.  The company and its wild caught products are also certified as carbon neutral under the Australian Government Carbon Neutral Program.

Supporting links:

www.australfisheries.com.au

Austral Fisheries Carbon Neutral Public Disclosure Summary

Glacier 51 Toothfish Instagram 

Skull Island Tiger Prawns Instagram

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