The latest exciting things going on at Blue Ocean Gear


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.

Find out more about the 6IMDC


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.

Find out more about Blue Solutions


Global Ghost Gear Initiative Member, November 2017

Blue Ocean Gear is proud to be the newest member of the Global Ghost Gear Initiative!

Find out more about 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.

Learn more about the Fish 2.0 Innovation Forum


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.

Learn more about the Blue Pioneers Program


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

Learn more about Fish 2.0


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.