The latest exciting things going on at Blue Ocean Gear

Field Testing in New Brunswick, Canada, October 2018

Demonstration of Smart Buoy technology in the snow crab fishery in New Brunswick:

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.

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.