Towards a Blue Revolution

The Nature Conservancy and Encourage Capital have issued the report “Towards a Blue Revolution: Catalyzing Private Investment in Sustainable Aquaculture Production Systems” to give an overview of the challenges and opportunities to scaling up aquaculture production systems and the potential for private capital investment. 

The report focuses on recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS), offshore, bivalve, and seaweed aquaculture production and describes in detail the financial returns that can be accomplished, while improving aquaculture’s environmental performance. The recommendations are very useful for investors, entrepreneurs, and civil society stakeholders including NGOs, foundations, and policymaking communities.

Aquaculture is currently the fastest-growing form of food production on earth with a USD 243.5 billion industry. This industry has the potential to meet growing protein food global demand while protecting marine ecosystems. To meet the projected demands by 2030, the aquaculture sector will require an additional USD 150 - 300 billion in capital investment to expand production infrastructure capacity. 

Investing in the aquaculture production stage leads to a more sustainable aquaculture industry

The report underlines the benefits of focusing large-scale, private, and multilateral investment primarily at the production stage of the supply chain. This investment can bring better financial results and improve environmental sustainability. In addition, this can lead to relative opportunities across the supply chain, including feed, animal welfare, services, genetics, and consumer products. 

Acting now is a top priority to transform the way seafood is produced. The industry is at an inflection point and requires strategic investment in innovative and more sustainable production methods to achieve a healthy, abundant, and profitable food system.

By Maria Paula Ar…