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Alune allows investors to invest in aquaculture operations with the highest standards in farming practice and worker conditions. Through its farms Alune provides investors with highly competitive and liquid returns while regenerating damaged ecosystems.

Alune focuses on tropical aquaculture species, mainly shrimp, and targets Western investors.

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Ictiobiotic is committed to developing environmentally friendly and novel oral biotherapeutics used to promote sustainable aquaculture. Their mission is to become a key supplier of oral biotherapeutics that help reduce diseases and improve the sanitary status of fish farms. The company’s products are aimed at helping the world consume healthy and sustainable protein from aquaculture, free of antibiotics and other chemicals. To achieve this, Ictiobiotic has developed a new class of oral biotherapeutics based on a proprietary platform of modified food grade microbes that express specific proteins to be used as immune-stimulants and vaccines.



The US based imaging company have developed a product which uses algorithms, AI and machine learning to measure real-time biomass and activity of aquatic species. Their product provides low cost, precision, and convenience to the collection of high resolution image data to accurately assess the performance of a farmer’s aquatic stock. They bring a practical and non-invasive solution to precise measuring of size, growth and behaviour of shrimp and fish. MinnowTech takes the guesswork out of underwater farming, helps farmers to better plan their production activities and predict future harvests based on real stock analyses.

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Savitri Aquamonk

The India based innovation start-up brings technology inspired solutions, real-time monitoring and data management into the aquaculture industry. Their self-cleaning sensor-based IoT devices and environmental ERP farm management tool integrates operational and technical aquaculture data for farmers to better understand and conduct farming practices. Solar powered sensor modules automate real-time shrimp pond water and atmospheric data onto a user friendly dashboard. Savitri Aquamonk’s services and cloud-based dashboard ensures farmers can access and observe all their data 24/7. In addition to insight into the water quality of each pond, their dashboard helps farmers to better manage their power consumption, inventory, personnel and financial planning.


Prospective Research

One of the main challenges the aquaculture industry is facing today is access to sustainable health solutions. Prospective Research, Inc. is entering this multi-billion dollar animal-health market where the company is able to control bacteria that cause diseases and mass mortality. Prospective Research, Inc. employs specific beneficial bacteria to promote an immune-response against harmful bacteria found in fish and shellfish. They adopt quorum sensing (bacterial language) to boost favourable reactions to fight back against invasions of destructive bacteria. While they already have a patented probiotic for shellfish, they are currently developing an additional two strains for the application for disease prevention in shrimp and salmon farming.

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Wittaya Aqua

Wittaya Aqua boosts aquaculture profitability and sustainability by helping farmers regulate their feed admissions. They are an AgTech data and analytics startup developing a farm production management platform to increase farming efficiency through enabling better operational decision making. The platform is powered by the analysis of aggregated historical and in-situ fish growth data and driven by advanced mathematical and nutritional models which create value in optimizing feeding practices, reducing uncertainty in forecasting production, harvests and tracks commercially important benchmarks.


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AlgaePro, Norway

AlgaePro promotes industrial production of microalgae and sales of the algal biomass for end products, such as nutritional supplements, animal feed, cosmetics, feedstock, bio-plastic and fertilizer.


Aqua Connect, India

Aqua Connect's Omni channel marketplace provides Indian aqua-farmers with access to quality hatcheries, suppliers and export markets and addresses the sustainability issues of a 5.7 billion USD aquaculture products marketplace.

Currently, about 3000 shrimp farmers in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu work with Aqua Connect to connect with the marketplace.

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Finless Foods, USA

Finless Foods is producing high-quality seafood without mercury, plastic, antibiotics, or added growth hormones. They’re also doing it without fishing or any animal cruelty, by producing just the meat of an animal using cellular biology. This approach is creating a fresh and clean supply of previously expensive and unhealthy seafood products, without any of the downsides. It’s real fish, without the catch.

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Jala, Indonesia

JALA is a shrimp farm solution where farmers can manage their farm based on data to boost yields and create a sustainable business. Jala provides a farming assistance that combines monitoring devices with a software platform. By using JALA, the farmers can monitor the water condition and get actionable insight to minimise the risk of failure. Jala's farm management tool helps farmers to do financial projects, planning, scheduling, and reporting to increase their yield.


Manolin, USA

Manolin brings a digital solution to accelerate the sharing of resources between companies to better treat, manage, and prevent sea lice outbreaks in the salmon industry. It streamlines the coordination between salmon producers and service providers to provide faster responses towards the prevention and treatment of health outbreaks. Using digital tools (mobile devices, dashboards), their platform will notify farmers of activities occurring throughout the industry and accelerate the communication available across farms, the government, and service entities.

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Sensaway, Portugal

Sensaway is the bridge between sensors and monitoring systems. Sensaway allows aquaculture companies to add sensors to their current network, aiming to improve sensor data quality, reduce maintenance costs and empower the end-user with an easy to maintain solution.

Founded by two Aerospace Engineers, it became clear that the harsh environment and electrical power conditions found at aquaculture companies reduced data quality and sensor durability.


Tradeit, UK

Tradeit is a online seafood marketplace connecting the seafood industry by providing a full-end trading platform to allow importers and exporters to interact through a collaborative business model. Both the import and export sectors leverage their brand identity and origin by adopting a cohesive online presence. Exporters and importers participate by adopting a one-brand approach to a larger target audience of B2B clients.

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VerifiK8, Thailand

Verifik8 helps to monitor and verify both social and environmental performances in the food supply chains. It provides data intelligence and analytics for robust suppliers’ screenings and monitoring international operations.

VerifiK8 re-invent compliance in mining data from the first mile throughout the supply-chain with a generic data-mining system and corresponding algorythms to match with any reporting framework and buyers’ requirement scheme.