Investing in the future
of aquaculture

Redesigning our global food system

With our growing world population we are placing Earth’s natural resources under severe pressure. One of our most pressing challenges will be to feed everyone a balanced and nutritious diet while keeping our effects on the environment to a minimum.

Today, fish supplies 17 percent of all the protein consumed in the world. This share is growing because of  rising income among consumers is accompanied by increased demand for high-quality fish. By 2030, the world is expected to eat 20 percent more fish than in 2016 – this increase can only come from aquaculture because we are already exploiting wild fish stocks.
Aquaculture is growing faster than other major food production sectors.

But achieving further growth means making demands on our increasingly stressed environment. Although aquaculture is, in many ways, more resource efficient than other animal production systems it still has a long way to go. We need to do much better.

We believe that reliably meeting the world’s growing demand for fish, while simultaneously sustaining our environment, will require a radical transformation of global aquaculture.

This is why Aqua-Spark exists.

Aqua-Spark is a global investment fund based in Utrecht, the Netherlands, that is developing this optimal aquaculture food system by investing in companies all along the aquaculture value chain working to solve industry challenges, with a shared vision of a sustainable future.

Ocean Conservation

Capture fisheries are on the verge of collapse due to overfishing, global climate change, ocean acidification and marine pollution. Aquaculture is instrumental in taking pressure off our oceans. 

Food Security

Feeding a global population estimated to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, puts enormous pressure on land and freshwater. Aquaculture, done in a socially and environmentally friendly manner, is crucial to meet the growing demand for healthy and sustainably produced food.

Environment

Sustainable Aquaculture can have the lowest environmental impact of animal protein production - with limited use of land, freshwater and a low carbon footprint - and can even have restoratives effects on the environment.

Health Benefits

Fish is the only animal protein singled out for its unquestionable human health benefits, containing essential nutrients. Sustainable aquaculture production can create a positive and lasting impact on public health.

Invest with Us

We want to secure a sustainable supply of healthy food.

With over 200 investors from more than 25 countries, Aqua-Spark is working with a global community of investors supporting the growth of a new sustainable, commercial aquaculture industry. Our investors are family offices, individuals, institutions and industry who see both the financial opportunity in creating a better food system and take pride in protecting our planet and population health.

Our Portfolio

eFishery

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Bluegrove

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Shiok Meats

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Sogn Aqua

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Fisher Piscicultura

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Chicoa Fish Farm

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BioFishency

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Indian Ocean Trepang

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Proteon Pharmaceuticals

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Swedish Algae Factory

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Matorka

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Our Team

A diverse group of 20 passionate and dedicated professionals with entrepreneurial experience and spirits are building this fund together. The team brings together finance, aquaculture, corporate, media, legal and advocacy backgrounds in order to take on the full scope of developing a winning, solution oriented portfolio and implementing change. 

Amy Novogratz

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Amy Novogratz

Amy brings almost two decades of experience in fostering collaborative solutions to some of the world’s big challenges...
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Mike Velings

Co-Founder, Managing Partner

Mike Velings

A lifelong entrepreneur, Mike has spent decades jumpstarting a range of successful businesses....
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Stephanie Rakels

Development &
Investor Relations Director

Stephanie Rakels

Stephanie brings in-depth knowledge of the fund and its investment strategy to head Development and Investor Relations at Aqua-Spark..
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Nashrin Azad

Fundraising & Investor Relations Manager

Nashrin Azad

Nashrin is responsible for Institutional asset raising and investor relations at Aqua-Spark as of September 2020. She has over a decade of experience in fundraising...
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Frank van Roest

Investment Director

Frank van Roest

Frank heads the Investment team at Aqua-Spark. He joined the fund in early 2015, just as the first investments were being made, and spent three years ...
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Flavio Corsin

Director of Partnerships

Flavio Corsin

Flavio has spent more than two decades working in responsible aquaculture globally for non-profit, intergovernmental, and for-profit organizations ...
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Joel Mugwisa Ssemukaaya

Investment Manager

Joel Mugwisa Ssemukaaya

Joel has over 15 years investment experience in investment management, investment banking and development finance in Sub-Saharan Africa ...
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Tom Prins

Head of Dealflow

Tom Prins

Tom manages the process of screening new business opportunities for Aqua-Spark and negotiating new investments. He joined the fund in 2015
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The beacon of the blue revolution

The case for fish farming​

Our mission is to
move the aquaculture industry towards
healthy, sustainable, affordable production with
comparable financial returns