WHOOSHH

We are global thought leaders and fish first innovators. 

Food and energy are the two largest industries in the world today.  Fish are the main source of animal protein in many areas of the world, providing over 50% of the protein consumed in these locations. Hydropower provides over 50% of the electricity in more than 40 countries.  Climate change challenges the shared use of fresh water for fish, hydropower, and agriculture. Whooshh Innovations enables native fish populations to recover while simultaneously making up to 10% more water available for hydropower or agriculture.  If climate change is to be tackled head on, we need hydropower to reduce CO2 emissions and we also need fish and agriculture to help feed the planet. 


We are not only tackling a problem of enormous complexity, but a problem for humanity. The mother Orca, J-35 did us all a favor by driving this point home for 17 days, carrying her dead calf for all the world to see. The Orca are starving to death for lack of Chinook salmon. The Orca are mammals not unlike us, on top of the food chain until that chain is broken. It is not surprising that a transformational solution has arisen from a company and the people of the Northwest, with love for the outdoors and nature, its entrepreneurial spirit, and calling upon all its technological savvy. The problem of limited water resources and fish exists world-wide. There are over 1 million dams on the planet, including 84,000 in the United States. Superior selective fish passage changes the game.


Whooshh believes we must embrace all clean renewables, including hydropower, and accelerate the switch away from carbon based energies as quickly as possible. We cannot reduce hydropower production and expect that we will be able to produce a carbon free grid in the foreseeable future. Nor can we expect the hydropower industry to assist if fish and lawsuits make doing nothing less risky for the operator and the agencies than doing something different. We must also recognize that with climate changes we will need reservoirs to assure sufficient waters for fish, crops, and energy throughout the year. 


For those who do not live and breathe our mission every day, we  will try to make it clear that you are not taking a risk by supporting our vision, and instead would be taking a much greater risk by standing still and repeating past paths. We must demonstrate that the impossible is not only possible, but it is in our collective economic interest as well. 


But don't take our word for it.


The fish fly right through without so much as a scratch. Also, you won’t have to divert water, as you do in a ladder system. Out here, the economy is all about agriculture, and water is gold. That’s what makes Whooshh such a great concept.

— Mark Johnston, Research Scientist Yakama Nation Fisheries


This system was highly effective in rapidly moving large salmon through a 12-m-long tube. Moving large fish without water offers a huge advantage, particularly in recirculating systems, because typical 30-cm-diameter fish pumps can require a flow of more than 4,000 L/minute to move fish.

— Dr. Steve Summerfelt, The Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute


The process is much easier on fish than the old method that involved totes and forklifts and a lot more time.

— Eric Kinne, Washington Dept of Fisheries and Wildlife, Hatchery Reform Coordinator


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

It’s definitely much more efficient. It’s less handling for the fish, too.

— Elise Olk, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Scientific Tech