The Seafood Industry Climate Award

The Seafood Industry Climate Award has a singular purpose: to identify and support the most promising innovations that will lower the carbon footprint of the seafood industry and increase the leadership role of women and minority communities.

Through August 10, 2022, we are accepting applications from early stage research, programs and start ups with innovations and plans that can help change the tide of the seafood industry's carbon footprint.

Three winners will each receive $40,000 grants to invest in their innovations, mentorship from Acme Smoked Fish leaders, and recognition in industry press, including a feature at a seafood industry event.

Click here to see the application for more details. Questions can be directed to


The seafood industry has spent the past three decades addressing sustainability through research, certifications, improvement projects and more. While incredible progress has been made, the industry’s relationship to climate change is a relatively new question with limited, although growing, attention and resources. 

And time is of the essence. Climate related impacts are disrupting the industry, with more to come, potentially leading to the collapse of fisheries, economies and viability of the sector. 

We believe if innovators, from researchers to product developers to entrepreneurs, have increased attention and resources they can help turn the tide and allow the seafood industry to be a leader in the climate movement.


  • Applicants must be formally affiliated with and applying through a legally registered entity that can receive unrestricted grant funding.
  • Be registered and located in the United States, Canada.
  • Meet all submission deadlines, including submitting a completed application form by the required deadline.
  • Ability to fulfill all grant requirements including a minimum of a midterm and final update.
  • Agree to all legal terms and conditions of the award.

The Acme Smoked Fish Foundation does not fund the following:

  • Lobbying and activities to influence specific legislation
  • Religious organizations
  • Individuals unaffiliated with a legal entity


Winning applications must meet and will be evaluated on the following requirements:

  • Innovation: Improved or new approach to an industry practice that is impacting carbon emissions.
    • Application question: How would the proposed work reduce the carbon footprint of the seafood sector?
  • Impact: Ability, current or potential, to reduce the carbon footprint of discrete aspects of the seafood industry.
    • Application question: How would the proposed work reduce the carbon footprint of the seafood sector?
  • Diversity: Team and/or audience improve the diversity of the seafood industry with focus on women, people of color and marginalized communities.
    • Application question: How is the team and/or work improving the diversity of the seafood sector?
  • Plan: Clear and realistic approach to achieve application goals including leverage of the award.
    • Application question: What is the plan (objectives, activities and resources) for implementation with a focus on the time period through 2023?

Selection Process

Awardees will be reviewed and selected by judges representing a broad set of perspectives from across the seafood industry. Judge’s will evaluate entries based on the criteria, each with equal weighting. Judges may contact applicants for clarification or additional information. Evaluation will begin once the application period has closed and winners will be announced in early October 2022.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are examples of good innovations?

We encourage applications from a wide range of teams. Researchers diving into the impact of seafood shipping. Nonprofit programs improving fishing practices. Startups developing alternative proteins. They could be from the seafood industry or applicable ideas from other fields. The opportunity and need is wide and we want to find the most innovative and impactful ideas and team, wherever they may come from.

What is the application deadline?

Applications for the U.S. and Canada are being accepted until August 10, 2022 at 5pm EDT.

When will winners be announced?

All applicants, including winners, will be notified in early October.

What do winners receive?

Three winners will be selected from the pool of U.S. and Canadian applicants. Each winner will receive a $40,000 grant to be used for innovation and the plan outlined in their application. They will also receive mentorship from Acme leaders, recognition in industry press, and will present their work at a seafood industry event.

What makes a good application?

Successful applications have the following:

  • Meet eligibility requirements
  • Complete all required information
  • Address the four criteria–innovation, impact, diversity, plan–in their application
  • Clearly articulate how they can continue to lowering the carbon footprint of the seafood industry

Who can I talk to with questions or to get help?

Send us an email with any questions to

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