Our oceans have forever been a vital source of nutritious (and delicious) proteins and ingredients, producing 70% of earth’s oxygen and absorbing up to a quarter of manmade CO2 emissions each year.
But these marine systems are now severely stressed by climate change, pollution and overfishing. Globally, the spotlight is on sustainable solutions to supply growing demand, and to restore ocean health.
The inaugural Blue Food Innovation Summit in London on June 14-15 presents 23 innovators from across the globe who are pioneering breakthrough technologies in aquaculture and blue food, and seeking opportunities to scale through partnerships and investment.
“The ocean ecosystem has always provided the world with valuable commodities essential to human well-being and global food security. We cannot wait to spotlight talent from across the sector to accelerate new scalable solutions to support the sustainable blue food economy,” says Chloe Nunn, the summit’s Conference Producer at Rethink Events.
Through two days of panel discussions and innovation showcases, these entrepreneurs at the cutting edge of innovation will showcase groundbreaking solutions in seven key areas:
HEALTH AND BIOTECHNOLOGY
BioFeyn (France) is pioneering a targeted, modular delivery mechanism (a “feyn”) for compounds and nutrients that can be adapted to support production of sustainable and nutrient-packed farmed fish.
eniferBio (Finland) has developed PEKILO® P65, a unique mycoprotein feed for aquaculture. Made from renewable raw materials, it offers a sustainable high-protein alternative to soy protein concentrate, for the same cost.
TeOra (Singapore) aims to lead the design and delivery of orally administered disease management solutions through precision fermentation-based ingredients and proprietary bio factories.
Unibio (Denmark) manufactures Uniprotein®, a close substitute to high-quality fishmeal (LT Fishmeal), and soybean meal as they both become increasingly scarce and expensive.
ViAqua Therapeutics (Israel) offers effective, specific, and affordable health management through its orally administered particle-based platform for the delivery of RNA to improve resistance against diseases that attack shrimp and other aquaculture species
FUTURE PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES
iCell Aqua (United States) integrates food-based wastewater treatment and recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) to achieve a fully recycled economy of water and nutrients from production processes that create profitable ESG investments.
Ocean Arks Tech (Chile) autonomous floating offshore fish farm monitors, seeks and follows the best water conditions for fish production, managing oxygen, temperature, pH, salinity and other important variables to maintain a high fish productivity.
Orkney Shellfish Hatchery (UK) grows premium, disease-free European flat oyster spat at its state-of-the-art, bio-secure RAS hatchery facility, supporting ongrowers and restoration projects across the UK and Europe.
Vertical Oceans (Singapore) grows sustainable shrimp in large “aqua towers”, which can be located inside cities, potentially in facilities that even look like buildings. The towers can incubate shrimp all year round without chemicals or antibiotics.
Reshore (The Netherlands) creates ‘Living Breakwaters’, a product made by combining floating breakwater tech with shellfish and seaweed aquaculture to provide coastal protection, environmental sustainability and food production.
Urchinomics (Norway) turns destructive, overgrazing urchins into premium seafood, all while helping to restore kelp forests and seagrass meadows. Urchinomics is endorsed by the United Nations Ocean Decade.
Kelp Blue (The Netherlands) plants kelp forests around the globe to boost the health of the oceans and harvest the kelp canopy for sustainable agri-foods, fertiliser, pharmaceuticals, and textiles.
Oceanium (United Kingdom) are seaweed evangelists developing all-natural ingredients for nutrition, cosmetics and packaging from sustainably sourced seaweed, integrating it into everyday lives for people and planetary health.
Sea Green (Singapore) uses blockchain technology to deliver connectivity and services to the seaweed industry, maximising financial service integration for smallholders and harnessing data to drive research into the potential of macroalgae.
Aquaconnect (India) is a full-stack aquaculture platform with embedded fintech, powered by AI and satellite remote sensing technologies to provide end-to-end solutions to over 60,000 shrimp and fish farmers.
Dynaspace (Norway) delivers accurate satellite data to monitor ocean and land surfaces, providing updated information to enable data-driven decision making and transparency in aquaculture.
Manolin (Norway) provides a prediction platform that scans hundreds of millions of industry data points every 15 minutes, predicting early onsite of disease with 93% accuracy and alerting farmers when there is any abnormality.
Optimeering Aqua (Norway) helps visualise scenarios and identify fish groups in need of special attention such as sea lice, growth performance, and regulatory considerations.
Wittaya Aqua (Canada) helps aquaculture professionals manage all of their feed ingredient data in a single location to gain insights into ingredient sourcing, raw material management, feed formulation, and market entry.
WATER QUALITY MANAGEMENT
Bioceanor (France) has developed AquaREAL, the first underwater weather station for real-time and predictive water quality monitoring.
Luminis Water Technologies (Singapore) is an AI-driven microbiome analytics start-up developing early disease detection technology to underpin sustainability in the aquaculture industry and ease pressure on wild fisheries.
Undersee (Portugal) allows users to monitor and reliably predict water quality changes, empowering them to maximise the potential of marine environments.
CELL CULTURED SEAFOOD
BlueNalu (United States) is a leader in cell cultured seafood, supporting a stable and secure global supply of seafood and preserving the sustainable health and biodiversity of our oceans.
Hundreds more pioneers and investors will meet at the Blue Food Innovation Summit in London and online on June 14-15. The summit brings together the full value chain for two days of high-impact networking and knowledge exchange to invest in sustainable aquaculture and ocean health.
The full programme, speaking faculty and delegate registration details are available now at www.bluefoodinnovation.com
Original news source: Blue Food Innovation