Discover 5 Top Solutions for Sustainable Fish Sourcing

Curious about new technological advancements in the food industry? Explore our analysis of 163 global startups & scaleups and learn how their sustainable fish sourcing solutions impact your business!

Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the food industry. This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked sustainable fish sourcing solutions.

Out of 163, the Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Sustainable Fish Sourcing Solutions

The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2 093 000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.

The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 163 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 food startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 158 sustainable fish sourcing solutions, get in touch.

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E-Fish enables Localized Seafood Procurement

The highly industrialized fishing industry faces significant challenges to overcome unsustainable practices. When it comes to sourcing fish, overfishing is depleting a significant portion of global wild fish populations. This, in turn, creates shortages for small fishermen and negatively impacts their livelihoods. Startups look to address both these issues by building sustainable business models, such as procurement platforms for local fishermen and consumers.

US-based startup E-Fish builds a direct-to-consumer (D2C) seafood platform connecting local fishermen and consumers. The startup employs a sustainable business model from the time of catching fish up to the delivery of seafood orders and eco-friendly packaging. The E-Fish model ensures that small fishermen catch fish only after an order is placed. This allows the startup to deliver fish to customers within two days of making a catch.

Blue Lobster builds a Low-Impact Seafood Sourcing App

The fishing industry, which fuels seafood sourcing, currently leaves a high impact on various natural resources. From trawlers discarding unintentional by-catch and polluting aquaculture farms to illegal and unregulated fishing, the industry heavily damages marine ecosystems. To address this, startups and emerging seafood companies develop sustainable sourcing practices. This includes complex solutions for managing fisheries as well as simple smartphone-based applications.

Blue Lobster is a Danish startup building a mobile app to enable sustainable seafood sourcing. The startup’s app connects chefs with fishermen who implement low-impact fishing practices. It also ensures that local fishermen are paid fairly for their catch. Further, this sourcing solution ensures that chefs, fishermen, and end-consumers participate to maintain a local, high-quality, and low-impact seafood economy.

Seafood Souq improves Seafood Traceability

Increasingly, consumers want to know the origins of their food, especially fish and meat products. Unhealthy fish farming practices and the risk of catching a disease from seafood consumption, like Salmonella, contribute to the rise in consumer awareness. This is why startups develop farm-to-fork traceability solutions specifically for seafood. Digital tools, such as QR-codes or radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags, enable consumers to buy seafood only from verified and sustainable sources.

Based out of the UAE, Seafood Souq provides SFS Trace, a bespoke technology that informs users about the traceability of seafood products in a centralized platform. The startup sends a unique QR code when customers place an order, which then links to the SFS Trace page. This page displays all the traceability information and provides a timeline of the product’s journey from the sea to consumers’ doorsteps. As a result, Seafood Souq promotes sustainable sourcing and ensures high quality of seafood while also eliminating opportunities for fraud.

Pescavore specializes in Wild-Caught Seafood

Fish aggregating devices (FADs) are widely in use by the fishing industry. These devices are typically tied to the ocean floor or through buoys and find use in targeting large shoals of fish, such as tuna or mackerel. In addition to overfishing and depleting wild fish resources, FADs damage the ecosystem by unintentionally killing important or endangered predators who are attracted by the shoals of fish. To counter the impact of such practices, startups develop sustainable solutions to source wild fish.

Pescavore is a US-based food startup producing seafood products such as tuna jerky strips. Pescavore’s snacks only utilize sustainable, wild-caught seafood as the clean marine-based protein. The startup’s supply of yellowfin tuna is caught off the coast of California by local fishermen. Since they use the purse seine technique to catch free-swimming schools of tuna without the use of FADs, Pescavore and their local fishing partners ensure minimal damage to the ecosystem.

Captain Fresh advances Data-driven Seafood Supply Chain Management

The fishing industry, like most other industries, is also starting to utilize data to make sustainable improvements to seafood supply chains. Without proper information or insights, the industry is plagued with degrading product quality and food safety, as well as more complex issues, such as price-fixing and seafood fraud. This prompts startups and emerging tech companies to build data-driven platforms to drive sustainable seafood sourcing through traceability.

Indian startup Captain Fresh builds a business-to-business (B2B) platform for seafood supply chains. The platform offers businesses, farmers, and fishermen different tools to improve supply chain reliability and transparency while minimizing the dump rate. The startup’s harvest-to-retail technology is also suitable for all types of users, irrespective of their digital abilities. The platform’s tools Capt. Quick, Capt. Fair, and Capt. Honest sets the fastest delivery routes, standardizes rules regarding seafood quality, and drives product transparency, respectively.

Discover more Food Tech Startups

Food startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on food supply chains, local food sourcing, and transparency. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the food industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more food technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free FoodTech Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.

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