Cellular Aquaculture Brand BlueNalu Raises $4.5M to Create ‘Clean’ Seafood


he use of cellular agriculture to grow real animal meat in a lab, leaving the animals alive and unharmed. The field has engineered several meat products — predominantly chicken and beef — however, the clean seafood sector has not seen as much progress.

BlueNalu, a two-month-old company based in San Diego, Calif., has established itself as one of the pioneers of cellular aquaculture. It announced its launch at the annual conference of the International Consortium on Applied Bioeconomy Research, which was held at the World Bank in Washington, DC. At the conference, the president and CEO of BlueNalu, Lou Cooperhouse, chaired a panel on “Disruptive Innovations in the Food Value Chain.” During the panel, Cooperhouse stated, “BlueNalu’s mission is to be the global leader in cellular aquaculture, providing consumers with great tasting, healthy, safe, and trusted seafood products, that support the sustainability and diversity of our oceans.” 

He continued, “Consumers worldwide have become increasingly aware of the challenges that exist in our fishing and seafood industry. BlueNalu intends to disrupt the current industry practice, in which fish are farmed or wild-caught.”