About Us

Passion for the Ocean

Our team brings together deep experience from both the fishing and financing worlds to deploy capital to support fishermen, fishing communities, and ocean conservation, while generating attractive financial returns.

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Leadership

 
 
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Paul Parker

Managing Partner, President

Paul has been working in fisheries since 1997. Paul formed the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust raising $4M to launch a non-profit seafood permit bank that is widely recognized as a triple bottom line success and is the foundation for the Catch Together program. Paul worked as a crewman on jig, longline, gillnet, scallop and lobster boats from 1996-2011 and maintains strong relationships with fishermen and fishing organizations around the US. Paul earned a BA in Biology from Cornell University and a Masters of Environmental Management from Duke University.

Kelly Wachowicz

Managing Partner, CFO

Prior to co-founding the Catch Together project and Catch Invest, Kelly was the lead partner at Encourage Capital managing sustainable fisheries impact investments, including the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative. She has advised a range of clients on sustainable fisheries impact investment opportunities in New England, Canada, Chile, Brazil, the Philippines, Indonesia, Peru, Mexico, the Western Central Pacific tuna fishery, and Vietnam. She has over 20 years of experience as a financial advisor and real assets investor, with deep domain expertise in the forestry and real estate sectors. Kelly earned a BA in History with Honors from the University of California in Los Angeles. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School, and is a native Californian.

 

Team

 
 
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Erica Boyce

Consultant

Erica is based in the Boston area and began working with Paul to build and document its successes in 2013. She is trained in conflict resolution and enjoys using those skills to work with fishermen and help them build community capacity. She was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2013. She holds a BA in Environmental Studies and English from Dartmouth College and a JD from Harvard Law School.

 

Our Goals


 
  • Strengthen fishermen’s businesses and communities

  • Protect and improve fisheries management systems

  • Strengthen and restore fish stocks

  • Support and strengthen global food security

  • Invest $25 - $50 mil over three years in quota assets, onshore infrastructure, and supply chain businesses, generating 5%-25% total returns
 
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Our Programs


 

Catch Together is a project of Trust for Conservation Innovation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that supports innovative conservation endeavors. The Catch Together program was created by Catch Invest founders in 2017 to build a nationwide network of community permit banks, connecting fishermen’s long-term access to the fisheries resources they depend on, and ushering in a new generation of fishing leaders. We believe that financially successful fishermen will improve fisheries management.

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Impact Blue’s mission is to create a pipeline of investable opportunities capable of attracting private capital, scaling-up reform efforts, and accelerating the pace of fisheries reform globally.

 

Our Structure


Catch Invest is organized as a Limited Liability Company, and is currently the parent of two non-profit initiatives, including Catch Together and Impact Blue. Both non-profit programs are sponsored by the Trust for Conservation Innovation, a fiscal sponsor supporting grant compliance and reporting.

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