A fresh approach to ocean challenges

We deliver innovative, scalable solutions with environmental, economic, and equitable impact in fishery communities.

Our oceans are in crisis

A majority of the world’s fish stocks are fully exploited or overexploited at a time when 37 percent of the global population (~2.8 billion people) lives in coastal communities. Many of these communities depend on the health of the oceans for their livelihoods, and the issue of overfishing is as much a human problem as it is an environmental one. Reducing overfishing requires both better business practices and natural resource conservation.

Where strategy, innovation, and collaboration meet

At Future of Fish, we build platforms that are strategic in approach, innovative by design, and collaborative in nature to end overfishing without ending fishing.

Systems strategy

Overfishing is a complex, systemic issue, and there are no silver bullet solutions. Through deep understanding of fishery systems and the environmental, social and economic dynamics at play, we develop strategic, coordinated and scalable solutions that unlock real change.

Innovation

Our ideas are fresh, globally impactful and appropriately scaled to each geography in which we work. We design innovative solutions to match resources with projects and engage with stakeholders to make sure we’re addressing their concerns.

Collaboration

We tap into the wisdom and experience of our partners to craft our strategies, learning from people on the ground and on the cutting edge. By creating structures that intertwine funders, fishing communities, supply chains and other stakeholders, we bind collaborations and facilitate connections for impact.

Our Work

Our work happens where people, technology, science, business and finance collide. With deep knowledge of the seafood industry, we build collaborations of stakeholders. And with them, we identify and plug gaps in the system, leverage existing resources and build actionable platforms that incentivize engagement.

Our Approach

Our approach centers on making connections.  On bringing fishing communities, funders, seafood businesses and others to the table to tap into the freshest ideas out there. For us, innovation never manifests as a silver bullet. It means carefully crafted solutions that are rooted in system forces, strategic alignment and scalability.

About Us

We are a diverse group including design thinkers, entrepreneurs, business consultants and scientists. Together, we’re more than the sum of our parts. Our work is sharpened by our diversity—in experience, in background, and in thought. As a team, we’re thirsty for a challenge and thrive when tackling some of the world’s most complex problems.

Stories

April 14, 2021

Helping fishers in Peru navigate climate change

Small scale fishers in Peru have to travel over double the distance than in the past to find their catch, disrupting communities, livelihoods, and threatening food security. The question is: how is this change expected to continue in the future? Future of Fish is working with communities to identify solutions to support sustainable fishing and understanding climate change impacts is key to design solutions that will build resiliency and help the communities to adapt for years to come.

March 25, 2021

Covid-19 + Fisheries: Six essential readings

After a year (or more, depending on where you’re located) of Covid-19 pandemic lockdowns almost nothing about our work in fisheries looks the same as it did before. At the beginning of 2020, we were deeply embedded in on-the-ground projects with small scale fisheries in Peru and Chile, and developing projects in Vietnam and the Caribbean. As the virus first spread, it became too risky for many of our staff and fisher colleagues to continue to work or fish in the field, especially as personal protective equipment was difficult to access in those initial months. And so we began a period of rapid transition, pivoting our efforts to ensure we could support the immediate needs of fishers and their communities.

January 8, 2021

Promoting financial inclusion of small-scale fisheries in Peru

Fishers are the stewards of the ocean, and their decisions directly impact the sustainability of the environment and community’s livelihood. Because of this role, fishers should be well-positioned to access different sources of support and capital for projects, which can incentivize sustainability and resilience and support many UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). But in Peru, that’s not the case. Peru’s small-scale fishers are often locked out from accessing the financing that would make the biggest difference. In this post, we dive into the current funding landscape and the challenges to financing small-scale fishers.

December 15, 2020

The Power of Partnership: Future of Fish, Secure Fisheries and Shuraako

When it comes to tackling the social and environmental issues of our time, no one organization has all the expertise and capacity needed to solve these complex challenges alone. But together, we can move mountains—or, in the case of fisheries, turn the tide. A recent Partnership Agreement between Future of Fish and One Earth Future Foundation’s two programs, Secure Fisheries and Shuraako, builds on this ethos, and seeks to collectively develop the mechanisms needed for scalable projects that benefit coastal communities and ocean ecosystems. Together, we hope to combine our strengths across capital coordination, creative financing, technical assistance, systems design, and community engagement to support fishers and coastal communities as engines of resilience, peace-building, and food security.