Does your business support sustainable fisheries? Scale it up with the Blue Investment Fund.

Up to US$3 Million Loan | 4% interest rate | Up to 15 Years Repayment 


The Blue Investment Fund: your capital partner for investing in sustainable fishery value chains

The Blue Investment Fund (BIF) is a loan scheme developed specifically to support the expansion of sustainable fisheries' value chains in Seychelles. We offer up to US$ 3 million (in SCR equivalent) at an affordable 4% interest rate to help you scale up your business for a greater impact.

Whether your business produces seafood goods, offers logistics and scientific services, helps local fish producers to access international markets, or pioneers aquaculture, the BIF can offer you financial leverage to see your business thrive. To maintain its environmental integrity, currently, the BIF focused on the value chains of managed pelagic fisheries (tuna, billfish) and does not cover demersal fish. 

The BIF is capitalized with the proceeds from the world’s first Sovereign Blue Bond. Together with the Blue Grants Fund (managed by Seychelles Conservation and Climate Adaptation Trust, SeyCCAT), the BIF is a part of the Blue Finance approach of the government to streamline innovative capital towards building a resilient blue economy in Seychelles.

NEW: Blue Investment Fund now covers aquaculture

BIF now covers aquaculture

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BIF Loan Details


Min SCR equivalent of US$10,000 - maximum US$3 million;

Interest rate

4% fixed rate

Repayment time

Up to 15 years

Financing coverage

Up to 90% of the project cost (10% of the project cost to be contributed by the applicant as co-financing)

Required documents

BIF Loan application, business plan, supporting documentation 

BIF is accepting lease as collateral at a rate 1:1.25


Who can apply

Seychellois individuals 

Locally registered civil society organizations

Locally registered, Seychellois-majority owned firms: 

  • Small and medium-sized fisheries enterprises
  • Larger public-private partnerships
  • Local-foreign Joint Ventures (Local Partner should be the majority shareholder)


Eligible activities (in addition to aquaculture)



Eligible activities

Scientific services





Business enterprises that provide scientific support to the fisheries sector including services related to fisheries research, management planning and fisheries monitoring (including vessel monitoring systems)

Businesses that provide food technology and laboratory analytical services for seafood product research, development and labelling.

Logistical services






Businesses that provide offloading, storage and delivery services to improve cold chain management including cargo handling services

Enterprises that provide sorting and refreezing facilities as an ancillary service to processors and exporters of bycatch 

Enterprises that provide fleet and crew management services

Business enterprises that provide packaging, distribution, marketing and sales services






Businesses developing new facilities or rehabilitating existing facilities, that are engaged in primary or secondary fish processing for eligible value chains

Enterprises investing in processes and technology to improve waste and energy efficiency

Existing businesses that plan to upgrade existing processing facilities for HACCP or EU certification to improve market options

Market access





Industry-led investments in fishery improvement projects and assessment for internationally recognised certification schemes (e.g. Marine Stewardship Council)  

Enterprises providing services in market research, brand building, strategy development and sector intelligence

Specialised technologies for accessing markets such as electronic sales and auction platforms


Eligible value chains

VC 1 - Purse seine tuna fishery bycatch: whole frozen exports, value-added beneficiated products (e.g. burgers), dried products, mixed products

VC 2 - Tuna loins frozen: tuna purchased for loining and marketing, or tuna loining services

VC 3 - Tuna headed and gutted fresh product

VC 4 - Billfish value-added product

VC 5 - Longline tuna fishery bycatch

Currently, the Blue Investment Fund supports value chains of pelagic fisheries; value chains of demersal fisheries cannot be covered by the loan


How to Apply

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1. Read the current eligible activities instructions and identify the eligible activity that characterizes your proposed project

2. Consult the list of exclusions 

3. Find detailed information on each step of the application process in the Loan Application Manual 

4. Download the Loan application forms:

5. Fill out the Business Plan template: 

6. Please use our Checklist to make sure you have all your documents (incomplete forms will not be accepted).

7. Use our Environmental and Social Management Framework, as Amended and Process Framework in preparing your application.


SWIOFish3 Grievance Redress Mechanism

If you have concerns regarding the fairness or transparency of the BIF process, you may submit your complaints using the Complaint Resolution System for the SWIOFish3. You may submit any grievances related to project activities financed through the BIF funds disbursed by DBSand BGF funds disbursed by SeyCCAT.

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