where we started.
Whooshh Innovations has its roots in Washington state agriculture. In 2011, while field-testing a model of fruit harvester to mechanically harvest and sort tree fruit, Whooshh CEO Vincent Bryan III observed helicopters flying overhead with large buckets.
They were moving migratory salmon over a dam.
Vincent later returned to a citrus grove in California, a grove which only the year before was thriving and alive with 50 year-old trees. His return found it completely dead, and it was explained to a shocked Vince that the irrigation water that fed the orchard had been diverted to save the salmon.
The wonders of the salmon returning through fish ladders that we learned about in grade school was now in conflict with agriculture, our own sense of the changing environment, and our passion for fish and fishing.
where we arrived.
Thinking there had to be a better way to share the water resources, we began testing our fruit transport tubes on fish. It worked — and it was the “a-ha” moment that caused Whooshh Innovations to pivot from fruit to fish.
Whooshh first tested its technology on live fish in 2011, and the technology has undergone numerous independent and peer reviewed studies since then.
Since 2013, Whooshh has focused all its energy and resources on developing game changing fish transport solutions that are economical for its users and for the shared water resources.
Today, our solutions are used to transport fish in processing plants where hygiene is critical and water is expensive, commercial aquacultures where fish welfare is paramount, and for fish passage past dams (including where many fish are invasive and/or listed as threatened or endangered.)
Whooshh systems are now deployed all over the world.