Blue Ocean Gear is a Silicon Valley-based start-up tackling the global problems of gear loss and ocean data collection with an immediately actionable and commercial solution: sensor-rich tracking buoys. Our rugged, depth-rated Smart Buoy technology allows fishers and aquaculture farmers in the even the most remote locations to track and monitor data from their gear anytime and anywhere, dramatically enhancing operational efficiency on the water and generating significant cost savings in the form of reduced fuel costs and lost gear. Our universal hardware/software solution reflects a close partnership with a global customer base across a range of fisheries from lobster pots to longlines to shellfish farms and allows data access across a range of user interfaces both on and off the water.
We are backed by a leading group of Blue Economy investors including Builders Vision, Good Growth Capital and Conservation International Ventures and have grant-funded partnerships with a variety of government agencies, research institutes and foundations including NOAA, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Schmidt Marine Technology Partners and the Ocean Conservancy.
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Existing investor group includes leading Impact funds (Builder's Vision, Conservation International Ventures) as well as traditional tech VC (Good Growth Capital, Signia Ventures and Boost Capital).
Multiple grants from NOAA, Canadian DFO and Ocean Conservancy.
Robust IP portfolio of patents granted and filed around hardware and software.
Awards and Press
X4 Impact Awards – Top in Environment & Energy
National Fisherman – Top 5 Commercial Gear Innovations
National Fisherman - "Fish smarter" with smart buoys
Alaska Fish Radio - radio interview and syndicated article
New Atlas – article
Zago – press release from one of our vendors
Global Seafood Alliance – inclusion as a featured solution
Graduate of major ocean tech accelerator programs including CDL Atlantic, Boost VC and Sustainable Ocean Alliance