Nova Scotia has its special place in Canada because of its location on the Atlantic Ocean. And so it comes as no surprise, that some of the most innovative companies are in the ocean tech niche. Ashored Innovations develops sustainability-enabling technologies for the commercial fishing industry. Founded by Saint Mary’s graduate, Aaron Stevenson, Ashored is currently developing a fishing system to minimize the risk of whale entanglements and trap loss while allowing fishers to fish in zones closed to fixed fishing gear.
Ashored is also addressing the issue of lost fishing gear which can ghostfish for years costing the aquamarine ecosystem of the ocean as well as fishers to replace the gear. The solution is called ATLAS, an intuitive suite of software and hardware that tracks the location, connection, and ownership of a user’s fishing gear. The ATLAS+ software will also be able to automate and display the information in an actionable manner for users.
Note: Venbridge had no financial relationship with any of the companies featured at the time the article was published.