April 9, 2018
The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute was named a finalist for Fast Company's 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards.

Statement by Joe Hankins, Director of The Conservation Fund's Freshwater Institute

“We are honored to be recognized by Fast Company as a finalist for the 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards. The world faces a challenge in feeding a growing population without depleting vital natural resources. Aquaculture is one of the most efficient ways to produce the seafood protein that is a vital part of the human diet, supporting both human health and environmental health. With more than 90 percent of U.S. edible seafood being imported, it’s more important than ever to find ways to produce seafood in a sustainable way. It’s an environmental, economic and food security issue. For three decades, we have worked to improve and perfect innovative technology—recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS)—that has made it possible to produce seafood on land and close to consumers.

“Our goal is and has always been to share our knowledge and expertise with others to help this technology take hold. And it’s happening.

“On behalf of the team at the Freshwater Institute, we’d like to thank Fast Company for their commitment to recognizing the importance of innovation in making a difference in the lives of people and, indeed, the world. It is our mission to continue pushing the envelope of what is possible, and this recognition supports our efforts toward a future where local, safe and sustainable protein is an option for all consumers, no matter where you are.”

Additional Information
Read "Replacing Farms With Fish Farms: The Odd Solution To Both Hunger And Climate Change" in Fast Company
See the full list of 2018 World Changing Ideas Awards finalists

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect nearly 8 million acres of land since 1985.