Acari's Fish Jerky

Upcycling the invasive "devil fish" in Mexico into jerky that tastes just like beef, but without the impact of meat farming.

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Upcycling the invasive "devil fish" in Mexico into jerky that tastes just like beef, but without the impact of meat farming.

Acari's Fish Jerky

We’re developing an industry around the invasive devil fish in Mexico and the US, creating new economic opportunities using a fish previously discarded as by-catch. The devil fish now accounts for up to 70% of the wild fish capture in areas where we work. The fish outcompetes and eats the eggs of native species, decimating wild fisheries. The concept of our work is simple - train local fishermen to process and package fillet, in turn, providing a valuable new source of employment while mitigating environmental damage caused by the devil fish.

Our employees in Mexico now earn on average 40% more than they did previously. We export the fillet to Canada and soon to the US where we process the fillet into our El Diablito jerky. Because of the devil fish’s unique texture, El Diablito replicates the "mouth feel" of beef but comes with the environmental and health benefits of fish.

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August 17, 2020
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Mike Mitchell

Thanks for checking out Acari and our El Diablito fish jerky! We're all about turning this hated, invasive fish into tasty foods while boosting local employment in the process. Currently available across Canada and launching in the US in the fall!

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