28.03.2017 | Blue Linked selected for WWF Impact Ventures
Thornback ray in hatchery Blue Linked.
Thornback ray in hatchery Blue Linked.
'WWF Impact Ventures is an acceleration, capacity building & access to investment platform, dedicated to transforming grant funded WWF projects into for profit conservation businesses. WWF Impact Ventures was launched by WWF Switzerland in 2013 to prototype the use of impact business and investment approaches to advance the impact goals of WWF' (reference). The approach of conservation business fits the philosophy of Blue Linked very well. We are therefore very honoured to be selected for this year's cohort of WWF Impact Ventures. Our proposal for WWF Impact Ventures comes from the collaboration between Blue Linked and WNF Netherlands in the project 'Sharks and rays back to the North Sea'. Participation in the program includes our attendance in three workshops (April, June and November 2017) and will help us in the construction of a business plan for further expansion of our innovative fish culture.

Summary of our proposal for WWF Impact Ventures 2017

'With the WWF Impact Ventures, Blue Linked wants to explore possibilities to scale up an innovative, sustainable holding and culturing facility for marine organisms with an initial focus on vulnerable shark, skate and ray species. At a later stage we envision an expansion to the production (growth) and the husbandry of other marine species. Key asset of our approach is a closed system with an unparalleled, patented, energy efficient water purification technique that recycles waste products into nutrients. This ecosystem approach is completely new in marine aquaculture. Its stand alone character is designed to work independently of the surrounding climate (from arctic to desert) or location (from city to island). Therefore it is suitable to operate even in the most remote and non-coastal areas. Additionally, the modular set-up ensures its applicability by a broad range of end-users, varying from governmental organisations to local communities, since its scale can be adjusted to specific needs.'