Big Fishing trawls up seafood that’s swimming in microplastics and mercury. And exactly how long has that “fresh catch” been drifting at sea, waiting to be loaded on the next flight? Meanwhile, Big Farming is overmedicating its sleepy, stressy schools of fish with hormones and pesticides. Even if you support a reputable fishery, there are still allergens and that fleeting window of freshness to think about.
AQUA removes the entire trust fall from the seafood equation––serving animal-free fish that is lovingly chef-prepared to exacting standards. We’re shucking sketchy contaminants and restrictive allergens for risk-free (fish-free!) filets that stay as fresh as Day 1 for up to 6 weeks. Not to toot our own conch shell, but it’s scientifically impossible to get a bad piece of fish when you eat AQUA.
When the oceans are too hot to handle due to accelerating climate change, coral reefs shut down. Fish schools pack up shop. And boats have to travel farther to fill their nets. This contributes to more climate change. While all of this is going down, our ocean’s #1 superpower (absorbing most of the world’s carbon) is weakened. So the waters get hotter.
Our carbon-neutral copy of traditional seafood takes the supply chain out of the sea. This helps our overworked oceans rest and recover the ability to sink carbon and cool the planet.
Holy sea cow, the race to deliver fresh seafood blows a lot of smoke. Beyond the enormous fuel emissions released by fishing boats, overnight flights, and delivery trucks all over the world, powerful refrigerants are also required to preserve each catch at sea. These greenhouse gasses trap heat and contribute to global climate change.
Because AQUA is 100% fish-free, relying instead on abundantly available microbes, we can utilize in-country everything. Ingredients. Labor. Infrastructure. And because AQUA can be scaled to grow anywhere on the planet, even the most remote, landlocked regions can access fresh fish-free seafood with emissions-light supply chains.
Seafood is earth’s favorite protein. And earth’s population is predicted to hit 10 billion by 2050. There isn’t enough sea or land to feed us all, but that doesn’t stop Big Fishing from trying. Wider nets, longer trips, and deeper trawling put the entire underwater food chain at risk while snagging innocent bystanders like seals, dolphins, and turtles. What’s a hungry world to do?
Instead of chasing creatures of the deep, we’re growing billions of microbes who are HAPPY to look like seafood, act like seafood, and taste like seafood. AQUA breaks the overfishing cycle to restock entire underwater ecosystems. So supply can finally outpace demand. Independent fishermen can regain their livelihoods. Diners can tartare like it’s 1999. And our tapped waters can recover as boats and nets are traded for ocean-saving brew vats.
Around 8 million tons of plastic enter our oceans every year. Old fishing nets, ropes, and lines make up 46% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. These materials break into microplastics which pass through our seafood chain. In addition, lost gear such as traps contribute to “ghost fishing” while transferring toxins that can cause harmful algal blooms.
Our fish-free seafood leaves no trace on our troubled waters. AQUA is your seafood hookup without the hook. Or net. Or trap. We eliminate fish lines to cast a lifeline that buys our oceans and our seafood addiction more time. The results of our carefully fermented seafood are ocean-safe tuna, shrimp, and scallops that can get in the door of any fine dining establishment.