We have a need to improve existing fisheries research processes and develop new, un-invasive tools to support fisheries research. We also need to troubleshoot and validate these tools and processes in diverse environments and extreme conditions! We build these research processes into each project we do.
Many of our projects involve learning and co-creation to support outfitters, guides, and community organizations in developing locally relevant best practices and business practices that support healthy fisheries. We hope to bridge entrepreneurship training and blue justice into these processes as they will build capacity and strengthen relationships in fishing communities.
Fish wheels, shore-operated lift nets, haaf nets, and fishing weirs all have a lot to teach us about different ways to avoid bycatch and promote selective fishing. Fishers employ different selectivity strategies, strategies that may be useful for others around the world. We hope to learn lessons from fishers past and present that can be shared among other groups who could benefit from that knowledge.
We believe that at its core, our love of fishing is really about connection to nature, to friends and family, and about respecting fish. We want to share that respect by putting our best foot forward online- by sharing photos that show released fish in excellent condition and by working with professional anglers and outfitters to change the landscape of our fisheries on social media. Our fellow traveler Keep Fish Wet does some great work in this arena you should check out!