The latest exciting things going on at Blue Ocean Gear
Whale Entanglement Forensics Review Workshop, August 2018
CEO Kortney Opshaug attended the recent Forensic Review Workshop in Long Beach, CA to review fishing gear involved in West Coast whale entanglements. Fishermen, marine mammal scientists, entanglement responders, and gear experts came together to share information and help address US West Coast entanglements, sponsored by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA.
Simulated Lost Gear Demonstration, May 2018
Blue Ocean Gear conducted a successful open water demo using Smart Buoys to find gear!
6th International Marine Debris Conference, March 2018
CEO Kortney Opshaug presented Blue Ocean Gear's Smart Buoy technology and field test results at the 6th International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego, CA.
Blue Solutions Start-Up Challenge, November 2017
Innovacorp has announced Blue Ocean Gear as a round one winner of the Blue Solutions Start-Up Challenge, focused on innovative solutions to problems in the ocean sectors.
Global Ghost Gear Initiative Member, November 2017
Blue Ocean Gear is proud to be the newest member of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative!
Smart Buoy Field Tests, November 2017
More successful open water testing of Smart Buoys in Bodega Bay, CA!
Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum, November 2017
Blue Ocean Gear is proud to be a competition finalist in the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum to be held at Stanford University in November of 2017.
Blue Pioneers Program, July 2017
Kortney Opshaug, CEO of Blue Ocean Gear, was invited to take part in a panel discussion of sustainable seafood-related startups for students in the Blue Pioneers Program, sponsored by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.
Open Water Field Tests, June 2017
Blue Ocean Gear conducted successful field tests of both the Smart Buoy for locating lost gear, and the Smart Trap for estimating catch. These were done with commercial crab fishermen off the coast of Northern California. An underwater video camera captured a crab entering the trap shown here:
Fish 2.0, West Coast Workshop, April 2017
Blue Ocean Gear has been invited to participate in the 2017 Fish 2.0 West Coast Workshop being held in Seattle, WA
Workshop on Whale Entanglement in Fishing Gear, March 2017
Blue Ocean Gear has been invited to join fishermen, gear developers, marine mammal experts, agencies, and NGO's to participate in the Workshop on Gear Innovations and Practices to Reduce Whale Interactions in Portland, OR, sponsored by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission.