Acari LLC Upcycling the invasive devil fish into meaty El Diablito jerky.

Impact

The triple bottom line forms the core of our business. By creating a market for the invasive devil fish, we’re helping native fish stocks recover while reducing food waste. Additionally, we’re helping provide new, better economic opportunities in affected fishing communities. Our employees currently earn on average 40% more than they did previously while fishermen often double or even triple their daily income by selling us their devil fish by-catch. Moreover, we give workshops in rural communities to promote consumption of the devil fish and donate a portion of our production to local migrant shelters. Simultaneously, we’re looking to reduce consumption of farmed animals, particularly red meat, by replicating the jerky “mouth-feel” with our El Diablito jerky. Alternative proteins are fueling recent growth in the meat snacks industry as people continue to search for healthier, more sustainable proteins like ours. Because the devil fish is treated as by-catch or a “trash fish”, our cost of goods is relatively low compared to other wild-caught fish or sustainable proteins and as a result, we can price our products competitively.

Sustainable development goals

  1. 8.2
    Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors
  2. 8.3
    Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services
  3. 8.4
    Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead
  4. 8.5
    By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
  5. 8.6
    By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
  6. 8.8
    Protect labour rights and promote safe and secure working environments for all workers, including migrant workers, in particular women migrants, and those in precarious employment
  1. 12.2
    By 2030, achieve the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources
  2. 12.3
    By 2030, halve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses
  3. 12.5
    By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse
  4. 12.7
    Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities
  1. 14.2
    By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
  2. 14.4
    By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
  3. 14.b
    Provide access for small-scale artisanal fishers to marine resources and markets