Why Use High Tech Fishing Gear?

Blue Ocean Gear was founded on the premise that we need to change the way fishing is done in order to have sustainable ocean ecosystems. We accomplish this by using state-of-the-art technology to create gear that helps fishermen be more aware of their methods and their impact. The results can help fishermen save money, improve their efficiency, and help the ocean environment at the same time.

Blue Ocean Gear’s Role

This business began when people in the seafood industry started voicing problems occurring in the field, problems that could be solved using technology typically used in underwater robotics or other high-technology fields. No one wants to lose fishing gear- helping to locate lost or entangled fishing gear gives fishermen a way to keep their resources intact, while reducing the negative effects of derelict gear on marine life. Being able to reduce a fishermen’s fuel use, thereby increasing their catch-per-unit-fuel efficiency, can have a tremendous positive impact on both the fishing industry and the ocean environment. These are examples of the way Blue Ocean Gear is working to help find the balance between the fishing industry and a healthy ocean environment that can support and sustain it.

Blue Ocean Gear

Kortney Opshaug, Ph.D.  Dr. Kortney Opshaug is the Founder and CEO of Blue Ocean Gear, LLC. She has over 20 years of engineering and management experience in the fields of both marine and aerospace technology at companies including Deep Ocean Engineering, Lockheed Martin, and Space Systems/Loral. Prior to founding Blue Ocean Gear, Dr. Opshaug  worked at USRA directing the Mission Operations team for NASA’s SOFIA program. She has developed the patented and patent-pending technology behind the Blue Ocean Gear’s devices. Her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees were earned in Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and she received a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

Kevin Johnson  Kevin Johnson provides hardware and software expertise to the Blue Ocean Gear team. He has worked with Symmetry Labs and Meta Co., and brings a great deal of experience with IoT design and  electrical/mechatronic systems. Kevin earned a Bachelor’s degree from UCSC and is currently working toward a Master’s degree at Stanford University.

Helen Shaughnessy Helen Shaugnessy is the Head of Product and Marketing at Blue Ocean Gear. She has been a driver of products for over 20 years, having roles in product development, product management, and product marketing. Her expertise was earned in hardware and SaaS software companies for startups and large companies including Dell, Arena Solutions, and Reactrix Systems. She holds 5 patents and has several pending. Ms. Shaughnessy earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and Stanford University, respectively, and her MBA from Berkeley-Haas.  

Blue Ocean Gear Technical Advisory Board:

Stephen Rock, Ph.D.  Dr. Rock is a professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics and is the director of the Aerospace Robotics Laboratory at Stanford University. He also holds an Adjunct position at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Bill Kirkwood  Mr. Kirkwood is currently the Senior Research and Development Engineer at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Since 1991, he has held a number of positions in MBARI’s engineering department including ME Supervisor, Associate Director of Engineering and Director of Engineering.

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