Sustainable Seafood Initiative
Sustainable Seafood Initiative
The welfare of billions of people—and indeed the stability of life on earth—depends on vibrant, healthy oceans. Overfishing across the globe has driven numerous species to extinction and ocean ecosystems to the point of collapse. Developing and commercializing plant-based and cell-based seafood is the most tractable path for ensuring seafood sustainability and improving the health of our oceans.
GFI’s mission is to empower innovators to create delicious, convenient, affordable plant-based and cell-based products that allow consumers to make the sustainable choice the default choice, and there is arguably no more urgent product category for this approach than seafood. Seafood poses unique challenges for both plant-based and cell-based innovators, and GFI’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative provides targeted research and support with a laser focus on accelerating this sector.
The Sustainable Seafood Initiative will be adding new resources, team members, and research throughout 2019 and beyond.
Overfishing and harmful fishing practices have damaged fragile marine habitats, destabilized ocean ecosystems, and severely depleted global fisheries. The aquaculture industry has expanded rapidly as wild fisheries have collapsed, but these systems often present unique risks and limitations. New approaches are urgently needed to meet increasing global demand for seafood.
In the last decade, the market has seen massive shifts in consumer demand and product innovation for plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products. These trends are likely to reflect a similar forthcoming transformation within the seafood industry, and the rapidly growing unmet demand for seafood coupled with the looming collapse of many global fisheries is likely to accelerate this shift.
Virtually no dedicated funding outside of a few companies’ R&D budgets has been expended in this area thus far. The estimated global R&D expenditure across all forms of plant- based and cell-based seafood is on the order of only $10-20 million, so this industry exhibits tremendous potential to benefit from concerted public and private resource allocation.
Plant-based seafood (using plant-derived ingredients to replicate the flavor and texture of seafood) and cell-based seafood (produced by cultivating cells from aquatic animals are a necessary part of the solution.
To accelerate the transition toward truly sustainable seafood, activities must be coordinated across startup companies, established industry, researchers, private and public funders, and governments. All of these entities should consider this a call to action to restore our abundant oceans through plant- based and cell-based seafood.
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GFI’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative is crafting high-impact research proposals to address critical challenges facing the plant-based and cell-based seafood sector. These projects will greatly reduce the barrier to entry for new researchers and innovators. Find the summaries for our latest proposals below.
If you’re interested in partnering with us to fund these projects or to participate in the research directly or as a collaborator, please contact us to request the full proposals and start a dialogue.
Want to learn more about the latest developments in the future of seafood? Check out the resources below. You can also join our GFI e-newsletter mailing list.
If you’re a foodservice operator or retailer looking for information on serving or stocking the latest plant-based seafood products, check out our Plant-Based Products Database.
To find the most up-to-date listing of all the cell-based and plant-based companies in GFI’s orbit—including leaders in cell-based and plant-based seafood—check out our company database.
If you’re an investor looking for early opportunities in this sector, please join our Investor Directory. If you’re an entrepreneur looking to join a community of like-minded innovators to launch your sustainable seafood endeavor, sign up for our GFIdeas Community. This form will take both investors and entrepreneurs to the right lists and resources.
Check out our latest job openings in the Sustainable Seafood Initiative and please share them among your networks! We have ambitious growth plans for 2019 and beyond.
If you’d like to discuss partnership opportunities with GFI as we expand our Sustainable Seafood Initiative, please let us know. We welcome the opportunity to talk with other nonprofits and NGOs, researchers, investors, and innovators who are keen to support the development of plant-based and cell-based seafood.
This program is made possible thanks to generous donors. Philanthropic support is vital to our mission. To discuss how you can be part of this transformative work with your gift or grant, please contact GFI's development department at email@example.com or 866-849-4457.