Female Founder Series: Carolin Ackermann
In the Female Founders series, We are Aquaculture is following the stories of inspiring women who have founded start-ups in the blue food and aquaculture space.
The latest Female Founder in the series is Carolin Ackermann of SEAWATER Cubes, a RAS container farm manufacturer from Saarbrücken in Germany. In this interview, Carolin tells about her inspiration as CEO, and her vision for the future of land-based aquaculture.
SEAWATER Cubes markets a fully automated container farm for onshore farming of marine fish. Customers are mainly farmers who want to establish a sustainable business branch with fish cultivation. In addition to selling complete systems, the company offers components for biofiltration and conducts research on innovations in aquaculture.
What’s your company’s mission and vision?
Our vision is seafood security for the growing population. Therefore, we empower new economy farmers to establish de-centralised and circular systems for on-land farming of clean and healthy marine fish.
What inspires you personally in your work?
For me, in 2017, the penny dropped: Frankfurt Airport is the largest fish port in Germany. Since then, I’ve been concerned with the origin of food. I questioned our consumption behaviour, and I learned how important independence of food supply and environmental compatibility are.
Today, I lead a team of 12 and have acquired €2.5 million in federal funding with my co-founders to develop onshore marine fish farming. I’m breaking new ground and bringing our technology to the market. In my daily work, I am inspired by other successful people who share their stories and learnings on conferences and in podcasts.
What’s unique about your company?
What’s unique about SEAWATER Cubes is that we look at aquaculture from an engineering point of view and thereby develop our product in a way that serves the environment and the people who operate it. Besides, we are convinced that decentralized, small-scale farms are the future of fish supply.
What opportunities do you see for the aquaculture and seafood industries in the coming years?
I see huge opportunities for the development of the industry, as seafood already covers 20% of the protein we eat, and its consumption will further grow.
In my opinion, recirculating aquaculture systems are the technology of the future, as water will become a scarce resource in many countries. Already today, groundwater levels, even in Europe, are threatened due to climate change.
Hence, recirculating aquaculture farms need to be as resource efficient as possible and be integrated into other systems such as biogas, plant or insect farming.
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