Discover 5 Top Startups protecting Life Below Water

Curious about new technological advancements impacting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #14? Explore our analysis of 305 global startups & scaleups and learn how their solutions protect Life Below Water!

Staying ahead of the technology curve means strengthening your competitive advantage. That is why we give you data-driven innovation insights into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This time, you get to discover 5 hand-picked startups protecting Life Below Water – UN SDG #14.

Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Startups protecting Life Below Water out of 305

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 305 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 startups improving life below water 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 300 solutions to protect & improve life below water, get in touch.

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Bioceanor provides Water Quality Monitoring Solutions

Because oceans act as sinks for anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2), ocean acidification is becoming an increasing concern. To address resulting threats to marine life, as well as meet other objectives of UN SDG #14, the sustainable use of ocean and marine resources is critical. To achieve this, continuous water quality monitoring to assess the impact of various activities on ocean health is required. This is why startups develop solutions to monitor water quality and guide sustainable development practices.

French startup Bioceanor develops an underwater weather station for water quality monitoring. AquaREAL is a cloud-based, autonomous system that monitors a wide range of physicochemical parameters such as pH or dissolved oxygen (DO). It uses a low-power wide-area network (LoRaWAN) to transmit real-time data and visualize it on a web platform. This enables predictive alerts to ensure smart maintenance for connected and sustainable aquaculture.

Blue Ocean Gear offers Smart Fishing Gear

Fishers often lose fishing nets and other gear items in the sea due to events like storms and strong currents. This contributes to the waste at the bottom of the oceans, as well as continues to trap marine life. Moreover, by gradually depleting biomass, the nets on the ocean floor negatively impact future harvests. To address this, startups develop smart gear that is easy to track, thus eliminating losses.

Blue Ocean Gear is a US-based startup developing Internet of Things (IoT)-based smart fishing gear. The startup’s Smart Buoy technology monitors fishing gear such as traps and nets in offshore locations. It thereby determines the coordinates of entangled animals to assist rescue teams. Moreover, it uses data analytics to identify seasonal trends and optimize fleet operations.

GOT BAG makes use of Recycled Ocean Plastics

Ocean plastics pose a significant threat to marine life both on the surface and underwater. To mitigate this, startups and scaleups, as well as governmental and nonprofit organizations are developing approaches to recover this plastic waste. Once recovered, startups redirect this plastic into various circular economy initiatives. This way, solutions for recycled ocean plastics save marine life while also reducing emissions.

German startup GOT BAG creates a backpack from recycled ocean plastic. It uses a network of fishers in Indonesia to collect ocean plastics as by-catch. The startup’s process then recycles polyethylene terephthalate (PET) portion of the plastic waste into high-quality and durable yarns. After production in China, the startup sends the bags to Europe and the USA via trains and ships, respectively.

MarineLabs provides Coastal Intelligence

Coastal ecosystems are under threat from habitat loss and degradation, pollution, and other human activities. However, such activities remain an integral and vital part of coastal economies. Data on changes in marine environments is crucial in sustaining these ecosystems without further aggravating the damage. This is where coastal intelligence solutions that collect environmental data help.

Canadian startup MarineLabs develops a coastal intelligence platform. CoastScout, the startup’s maritime IoT device, provides high-resolution data and sends updates as frequently as every 5 minutes for a multiple years period. Additionally, the startup’s platform, CoastAware, collects real-time data from a fleet of CoastScout devices. This allows companies to use this data to quantify marine hazards and make better decisions.

microTERRA enables Sustainable Aquaculture

The demand for aquaculture for scalable seafood production is on the rise around the world. However, aquafarms contribute to nutrient pollution in the oceans. Excess nutrients from uneaten feed and other organic waste cause excessive algae growth. To mitigate the negative impact of algal blooms, startups are developing sustainable aquaculture practices.

Mexican startup microTERRA grows plant-based protein in aquafarms. The startup’s solution improves sustainability by preventing nitrogen and phosphorus runoff. This advances the circular economy by upcycling nutrient pollution into plant-based protein. Moreover, it offers an affordable and scalable alternative to both fish feed and human food.

Discover more Startups improving the Environment

The startups protecting life below water, such as the examples highlighted in this report, focus on sustainable aquaculture, water quality, and coastal intelligence, as well as recycling ocean plastics. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing UN SDG #14, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more natural ecosystem restoration solutions, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Industry Innovation Reports to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.

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