Aquaculture for all

Trio of aquaculture startups join Olaisen Blue accelerator

Olaisen Blue, a leading accelerator of sustainable aquaculture companies, has announced the addition of three new startups – from South Africa, Canada, and Thailand - to its programme.

aerial view of some islands
The accelerator is based on the island of Lovund

© Chris Martinussen

The companies will join the accelerator at its headquarters on the small island of Lovund, home of one of the leading salmon farming companies in Norway, Nova Sea.

"We are thrilled to welcome these innovative startups to our program," said Stine Svanevik, CEO of Olaisen Blue, in press release. "Their work in aquaculture aligns with our mission to promote sustainable practices that support healthy ecosystems and local communities."

The three startups joining the Olaisen Blue programme are:

  • MariHealth Solutions: based in South Africa, it is developing an animal health monitoring service that utilises a proteomic workflow to assess chronic stress and metabolism in farmed fish and shellfish.
  • Blue Lion Labs*: A Canadian startup that has spent several years building leading-edge machine learning software to automatically identify harmful organisms in the water.
  • Full Circle Biotechnology: a startup farming insects for the aquafeed industry.

."We believe that these startups have the potential to significantly impact the aquaculture industry, both in terms of sustainability and profitability," said Svanevik. "We are excited to provide them with the resources, mentorship and network they need to thrive."

The Olaisen Blue accelerator programme provides startups access to industry experts, mentors, investors, workspace, and resources on the island of Lovund. The programme is focused on supporting startups that use technology and innovative business models to promote sustainable aquaculture practices.

*Blue Lion labs is part of Hatch's investment portfolio but The Fish Site retains editorial independence.

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