Aquaculture For Good

The Future of Food

Five years ago, I was among a group of scientists, activists, artists and policymakers who went to the Galapagos with a mission to explore the … read more

Indonesian IoT startup eFishery gets pre-Series A funding

eFishery, a smart fish feeder manufacturer based in Indonesia, has announced a pre-series A funding round from Aqua-spark, a Utrecht-based aquaculture investment fund and Indonesian VC Ideosource. The … read more

Impact Alpha: Investors Target Growing Demand for Healthy, Sustainable, Tasty Fish

The hook is baited, and private-equity and venture-capital fund managers are reeling in capital to finance next-generation fish-farming enterprises across the country and around the world. read more

The Guardian: Can Aqua-Spark fund the future of aquaculture?

For better or worse – often for worse – aquaculture is the fastest-growing animal-based food industry. Half the seafood eaten in the US is farmed, and most of that is imported. Yet it’s not unusual for fish farms to pollute local waters, damage coastal habitatand deplete the oceans of feeder fish. Or, as the Guardian reported last year, exploit slave labour. read more

SeafoodSource.com: Q&A with Mike Velings, co-founder of Aqua-Spark

Aqua-Spark, an investment fund focused on sustainable aquaculture and related technologies and services, recently invested USD 4 million (EUR 3.5 million) in two up-and-coming aquaculture firms: Menlo Park, Calif.-based Calysta and Chicoa Fish Farm in Mozambique, Africa. read more

Good Magazine: Making Fish Farming Appetizing

There’s a certain appeal to fish farming, also known as aquaculture. Growing aquatic life in offshore pens, rivers, or big, terrestrial tanks seems not only audacious, but as convenient as, well, shooting fish in a barrel. Already, aquaculture accounts for nearly 50 percent of the worldwide fish supply, and it’s growing faster than any other type of food production read more

Fast Company: Investing In A More Sustainable Future That Includes A Lot Of Farmed Fish

A $10 million fund called Aqua-Spark is betting on small and medium companies that can make the fish farming business a lot more palatable for the planet. read more

NPR: Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming

Like it or not, our seafood increasingly originates not in the deep ocean but on fish farms hugging the coasts. Aquaculture already supplies about half of the world’s seafood, and global production is going to have to more than double by 2050 to meet demand, according to the World Resources Institute. read more

Yahoo News: Aqua-Spark investments aim to stop plunder of sea life

An investment fund aimed at prospering while preventing overfishing from wiping out ocean life announced on Thursday it is pumping $4 million into two companies focused on smart farming of seafood. read more

Virgin Unite: The first investment fund for sustainable fish farming

These days, you can’t open a paper without reading about the farm to table movement and the trend towards locally sourced greens and meats. This … read more

The Washington Post: The end of fish

People are getting more adventurous with how they eat, and when it comes to seafood, this means exhaustively looking to every exotic corner for the best, newest and tastiest fish. Also, the stuff is delicious. Seafood is a critical portion of more than 3 billion people’s diets. Already, 90 percent of U.S. seafood is imported. read more

Aqua-Spark featured in IntraFish: “New fund readies first major aquaculture investment”

Aqua-Spark was featured in IntraFish: Mike Velings, founder and managing director of Aqua-Spark, has a lot on his plate. Since the launch of the Dutch … read more

Entrepreneur.com: This Startup Wants to Reverse the Tide on Our Overfished Oceans

People are eating a lot of fish. More than ever before. Without some clever innovation, we may very well eat all the fish in the … read more

The Aquaculturists: Amy Novogratz and Mike Velings, managing partners of Aqua-Spark

Amy Novogratz and Mike Velings are managing partners of Aqua-Spark, a Netherlands-based investment fund focusing solely on opportunities in sustainable aquaculture. Having officially launched in November 2013, the group plans to make its first investments in the coming year. read more

Bloomberg news: New Fund Lets Investors Fish for Returns in Farmed Seafood

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, … read more

Aqua-Spark in Financieele Dagblad (Dutch “Financial Times”)

Philanthropists embrace new business model: Philanthropy used to equal donating money. Now, those who want to do good discover that investing might have a bigger … read more