Blue W Labs' founders Barbara and Patrick Woodbury were sustainable shellfish growers and purveyors to fine restaurants in the Boston and New York areas for the last 30 years. The Woodburys met while doing graduate work in zoology at the University of Florida and went on to the University of Chicago working on invertebrate biomechanics before moving to Wellfleet to grow shellfish. WOODBURYshellfish grew at the intersection of the blue revolution of sustainable fishing and the fresh local food movement. They have received critical acclaim for their shellfish including a nomination in 2010 for a Chef’s Collaborative Sustainability Award. During the course of their career as grower/purveyors the Woodbury’s have been designing, developing and researching technology for shellfish aquaculture.
Sustainable aquaculture is the future of the fisheries on this planet and has the potential to play a great role in habitat restoration. Innovative equipment, technology and techniques will drive this emerging and rapidly evolving field. Blue W Labs mission is to create solutions for building and restoring oyster reefs, to develop a restoration economy by promoting collaborations between shellfish growers, restorers and seafood consumers and to research green, plastic-free solutions and techniques for aquaculture.
In 2017, Patrick and Barbara Woodbury started Whosewoods, a three-part design collaborative (Whosewoods Viz, Whosewoods Design, and Blue W Labs), whose mission is to create digital and physical objects to solve real-life challenges. Whosewoods Viz focuses on 2D and 3D visualizations and design, Whosewoods Design focuses on web design and development and Blue W Labs is an environmental design initiative developing structures for use in jump starting oyster restoration in damaged habitats. The process of going from an idea to a reality is what the Woodburys thrive on: to imagine, visualize and create.