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Oscar-winner funds aqua project

the Fish Site Editor
09 March 2017, at 12:00am

LoveTheWild, purveyors of farm-raised, freshly frozen seafood kits, and champions of sustainable aquaculture, today announced the addition of new investors to round out their previously-announced Series A funding round.

Joining Aqua-Spark - an investment fund that seeks to address the planet's health and food security - and existing angel investors were individuals including Academy-Award winner and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, who will also join the company’s advisory board.

“Estimates show the earth’s population approaching nine billion by 2050, putting tremendous pressure on our natural food resources,” said Mr DiCaprio. “Seafood is a primary source of protein for nearly a billion people – but climate change, acidification and over fishing are putting increased pressure on our oceans’ natural stability. LoveTheWild’s approach to sustainable, responsible aquaculture is promoting the development of a secure and environmentally-conscious solution to feeding our planet’s growing population.”

LoveTheWild’s gourmet, frozen seafood products utilize traceable, farm-raised fish sourced from the most well-managed aquaculture facilities in the world. This passionate company is on a mission to protect the earth and fight climate change through aquaculture, the least environmentally impactful form of animal protein production in the world. As a socially-conscious brand, LoveTheWild offers artisanal and responsibly sourced seafood entrees that break down barriers to consumers including more seafood in the diet.

“The exploitation of our oceans has left many marine ecosystems on the brink of total collapse, which is hurting our ability to harvest our seas as a reliable food source as we have for thousands of years. LoveTheWild is empowering people to take action on this crisis in a very meaningful way,” continued Mr DiCaprio.

“Our vision for LoveTheWild was inspired by our dedication to aquaculture, and we’re very humbled that the quality of our products and integrity of our vision has attracted such a powerful group of supporters and investors,” said Jacqueline Claudia, LoveTheWild CEO and Co-Founder. “We are excited that Mr. DiCaprio, someone so dedicated to environmental activism, has partnered with LoveTheWild to help make it easy for consumers make an impact on the environment through something as simple as choosing the right thing for dinner. We have no doubt that the involvement of all of our investors will further bring to life our mission of making high-quality seafood exciting, easy, and accessible, while also helping to bring awareness to the potential for responsible aquaculture to play an important role in our food future.”

LoveTheWild’s innovative line of farm-raised seafood kits contain freshly frozen pure fish fillets that are never thawed or re-frozen, expertly paired with gourmet, bold sauces that complement each species’ unique taste, texture, and origin. The brand offers four artisanal varieties: newly launched Striped Bass with Roasted Pepper Almond Sauce, Barramundi with Mango Sriracha Chutney, Catfish with Cajun Creme, and Red Trout with Salsa Verde. LoveTheWild is available in the frozen aisles of retailers across the country, including in Whole Foods Market, Wegmans, Sprouts, and Mom’s.