• Description

The fields of fisheries sustainability and conservation have evolved and grown considerably over the past decade. This evolution, its broad scope and the scale of capital needed for support will require project developers to seek the support and guidance of an array of investors, both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Non-profits, social change leaders and business entrepreneurs will need to work together to create innovatively structured projects that can both build value for private investors and improve the speed and scale of fisheries conservation impacts. This report presents case studies of groups who have incorporated innovative financing structures and partnerships into their strategies, and analyzes the lessons learned to offer investors and NGOs guidance for future projects. The 11 cases presented are divided into three groups depending on how conservation and financing strategies are tied together. The groups are:

  1. Assuring conservation through ownership: Using equity for asset purchase with an exit strategy.
  2. Promoting conservation through targeted lending: Filling credit gaps with debt instruments.
  3. Enabling conservation by combining services and capital: Incubating and providing information, connections and financing to promote business development