Meet this year's winners for both our international awards:
WIN WIN Award & WIN WIN Youth Award, theme: Sustainable Aquaculture.
Gårdsfisk conducts integrated aquaculture by farming fish in closed systems on land with the vision of producing the world's most sustainable fish!
By breeding tropical omnivorous fish that can utilise more plant-based ingredients in their feed, fast-growing animals can be bred with low environmental impacts.
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SARA GUTIERREZ PLATA
Researcher Sara Gutierrez Plata is deeply engaged in restoring the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, damaged by climate-change induced high water temperatures, acidity and overfishing. She has developed methods for low intensity restocking of the Caribbean King Crab that graze detrimental algae covering damaged reefs.
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The WIN WIN Award & WIN WIN Youth Award jury received in total 294 nominations from 45 different countries. These were the ones who made it to the top selection on the theme of Sustainable Aquaculture.
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FeedVax is a company that develops an oral vaccine against various fish diseases, contributing to increased survival and a reduced use of antibiotics in fish farms.
The jury nominated FeedVax for their work on a commercial oral vaccine against Streptococcus, a disease common in the fish species tilapia, which is an important food source in many low- and middle-income countries.
Apdra Pisciculture paysanne (Apdra) is a non-profit organization that helps develop and coordinate family-owned agroecological fish farming projects in several countries in Africa and Asia.
The jury nominated Apdra for systematically contributing to making fish farms and thereby nutritious food available in the global south.
NovFeed is a young, innovative company in Tanzania that develops and sells insect-based fish feed to make farmed fish available to more people.
The jury nominated NovFeed for its work in converting food waste into insects, which then become fish stock, replacing in its turn today's fish feed, which is based on wild-caught fish. Through NovFeed's business model, healthy proteins are made available to those who need them the most.
Dairy farmer Joe Dorgan is the initiator of the use of red algae as cattle feed.
The jury nominated Joe Dorgan for initiating a collaboration with researchers on red algae as a feed option for cows. The work has led to promising results that indicate that methane emissions can be significantly reduced by mixing dried red algae into the cows' feed.
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Arnold Shoko from Tanzania is one of the Co-Founders of Samaki Farms, an Agri-tech startup that offers consultation services to fish farmers and produces alternative protein feed ingredients for fish farmers.
The jury nominated Samaki Farms for their circular production system. In producing and providing larvae as sustainable fish feed to farmers and collecting food scraps from their vicinity they further the sustainability of their small enterprise.
Banoo is an Indonesian aquaculture-tech solutions start-up. The start-up has developed a technology for improving the water quality of man-made fish ponds and promoting good aquatic life.
The jury nominated Banoo for the scalability of their solution and their strive to increase aquaculture sustainability through technical means also for small scale farmers in the global South.
Margret runs a fish farm and hatchery, a model of circularity that takes care of fish waste and directs it towards banana plantation and rice growing. The farm also trains other fish farmers, youth and school-going children.
The jury nominated Margret Karimi for her entrepreneurial spirit, using her knowledge not only for her own sustenance, but to empower and enable many more women in her surroundings too.