Total loan: $15,000


Berkeley, CA, United States / Food

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Michael's story

I come from a multicultural background and grew up in LA. I've always had a strong interest in aquatic ecosystems and conservation but once I learned about the potential of sustainable fish farming in high school, I began to focus on better aquaculture practices and using it to feed the world's growing population. I studied marketing and environmental policy at UPENN before moving to the Bay Area to work in tech. During my time in San Francisco, I also wrote for CleanFish, a sustainable fish consultancy, about a variety of sustainable seafood topics. I then moved to Guatemala and El Salvador where I worked with permaculture and microfinance projects before moving to Tabasco, Mexico. In Tabasco I researched the socio-economic impact of small scale fish farming and worked with the UNDP. While working with rural fishing communities, I learned of the "devil fish problem" and began working with fishermen to process and market the fish. I'm motivated by the scope and challenge of this problem now affected tens of thousands of fishermen across Mexico and the US and am driven to transform something discarded into a valuable (and tasty!) resource.