Surge in Fish 2.0 Applications is Good News for Oceans, Communities and Investors

Mackerel by I. Mikhaylov
Mackerel by I. Mikhaylov

When I started Fish 2.0, many investors, foundations, and even seafood experts said it would be difficult to get more than 50 entries in a competition for sustainable seafood businesses. They were not seeing many innovative seafood businesses, and they believed most of those they did see were not looking for investment. The inaugural competition in 2013 showed that assessment was off the mark: it drew 83 entries. This year’s application period, which closed April 27, shows that innovation in the seafood sector is positively surging: we received 170 entries, more than double the number in the previous field.

That is fantastic news for our oceans and the people who depend on them. About 70 percent of the world’s fisheries are fully exploited, overexploited or have already suffered a collapse under the pressure of a $390 billion global seafood market. Yet analysts expect seafood demand to double by 2050, and island and coastal communities around the world depend on seafood for both sustenance and economic health. The situation demands sustainably managed fisheries and environmentally responsible aquaculture.

This year’s Fish 2.0 applications—from about 100 start-ups and 70 ventures that are already successfully selling and scaling—illustrate the diversity of innovation happening in the sector. Some of these businesses are shortening supply chains for value-added sustainable seafood products in the Pacific Islands, Alaska, Japan and Thailand. Some are using advanced aquaculture techniques to reduce energy costs, wastes and loss from disease, or are developing new fish feeds. Others are improving seafood storage systems to reduce logistics costs, improve quality and open new markets; bringing convenient sustainable seafood products to consumers; developing software to make fishing and fish farming businesses more efficient and systems that make supply chains traceable; or providing healthy foods and income to communities that have few —> Read More

5 Ways to Use Gratitude to Improve Your Attitude (And Health)

In our fast-paced, competitive culture, we tend to notice and worry about what’s lacking in our lives. Because of our drive to succeed, we focus on what stands in our way. We tune in to the things we don’t have — material items, body type, status, money, perfect relationships. But when we view our world from this perspective, we set ourselves up to measure our worth by our deficits rather than our successes.

Feelings of insufficiency, imperfection and envy are known barriers to happiness. When we harbor these feelings, we limit our capacity for feeling happy and fulfilled.

Although we often strive to find happiness and success by working toward that which we covet, research shows that this approach may be holding us back. It’s actually the practice of noticing and appreciating what we already have that will bring more happiness.

Feeling gratitude for what’s going well in life has a remarkable impact on how we feel about ourselves and the world around us. Indeed, positive psychology research demonstrates that gratitude is strongly associated with greater happiness and fulfillment.

Gratitude has powerful effects on health and well-being

Research shows that gratitude has powerful effects on physical health, social relationships, and self-worth. Experiencing gratitude also builds the mental and physical resilience needed to overcome life’s stresses and challenges.

Robert Emmons, a leading researcher on the effects of gratitude, has conducted decades of research showing that gratitude improves both physical and psychological well-being. Emmons has studied people of all ages to demonstrate the wide-reaching impact of gratitude on the human experience — on our personal satisfaction, social connectedness and physical health.

Emmons has found that people who regularly practice gratitude report higher levels of positive emotions, including more joy, pleasure, happiness, and optimism. These people also tend to have stronger social relationships and fewer feelings of isolation —> Read More

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