The future of fish: The investment case
The future of fish has never been less certain.
- Overfishing poses a global threat to the environment and could lead to the fish population no longer being able to sustain itself, with knock-on effects to the wider ecosystem.
- Marine pollution – industrial chemicals, pesticides, discarded plastics and other waste – has led to widespread consumer concerns as it directly contributes to ocean ‘dead zones’, which can no longer sustain life because they have low or zero oxygen.
- Intensive fish farming has led to more disease, greater use of antibiotics, reduced product quality and questions over sustainability.
Jim Mellon is a British entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist with a wide range of interests. Through his private investment company, Burnbrae Group, he has substantial real estate holdings in Germany and the Isle of Man and holdings in private and public companies. Jim’s investment philosophy is underpinned by careful analysis of new industries or major shifts in markets. This includes the global financial crisis of 2008/2009, as foreseen in the first book Jim co-authored, Wake Up!, and subsequently in the book Juvenescence, which marked the beginning of a rush of capital into the nascent field of ageing research and led to the formation of the company Juvenescence, a leading biopharma company in the commercialisation of therapies to slow, stop and reverse aging. More recently, Jim authored the book Moo’s Law, focused on investment opportunities in the new Agrarian revolution and fields of cellular agriculture. Jim co-founded Agronomics to invest in a portfolio of leading companies in this sector and is its largest investor. Jim sits on the board of trustees of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and of the American Federation for Aging Research. He is also a trustee of Biogerontology Research Foundation and is an Honorary Fellow of Oriel College at the University of Oxford, where he has established the Mellon Centre for Longevity. Jim also sits on the advisory board of the Milken Institute’s Centre for the Future of Aging.
Lou Cooperhouse is president and CEO of BlueNalu, which has a mission to become the global leader in providing great tasting, cell-cultured seafood products that are healthy for people, humane for sea life and sustainable for our planet. As a result, BlueNalu can support a more stable and secure global supply chain of seafood and help to preserve the health, sustainability, and biodiversity of our oceans. Lou is recognised as a leading global authority in food business innovation and technology commercialisation, with extensive leadership experiences throughout his 35+ year career in the food industry.
Kees Lankester is the founding director of Scomber Consultancy, a consulting firm for fisheries management and marine wildlife with an international focus on sustainable fisheries. Mr. Lankester is a marine biologist with over 24 years of experience in the seafood industry in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. Until mid-2014 he was a Board Member of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). He is a member of the independent Quality Assessment Committee of the Dutch National Wadden Fund. He worked for decades in ESG values in the seafood product chains. After partnering in the global initiative Sustainable Seafood Finance in 2013-2016, he analysed how large financiers may influence the ESG performance of their seafood clients. To this end, he assessed the ESG performance of large seafood firms and their portfolios. In the context of stranded assets by the limitation of food production, Mr. Lankester from then onwards continued to grow his experience in the credibility values of ESG standards and rankings in the food sector.