FRYeye Project: from juvenile to full grown ocean educators!

Welcome et Bienvenue to the Fish Eye Project Blog!

As an inaugural blog post, we have decided to give some insight into the projects humble beginnings.

Fish Eye Project was the result of the passion for ocean education, love for diving, interest in underwater filming and the untapped potential of combining these in regards to ocean awareness! The underwater world is fascinating and unseen by most people and co-founders Mike Irvine and Maeva Gauthier ingeniously came up with a way to bring the depths of the ocean LIVE to screens via the internet and other technologies. Here to bring you the ultimate application of modern technologies to entertainment and education, is the Fish Eye Project! We launched in 2013 with most activities centered around Live Dives, where people could talk to a diver exploring a marine site from anywhere in the world. Each event involves a lot of effort and a large team of volunteers. You can learn more about the people that make it happen under Team.

Fish Eye Project Co-Founders met at The University of Victoria. Their similar interests and passions for diving, film making, and ocean awareness led to expanding discussions and the two knew they were going to do big things together. It all really got started on the docks of Fisherman's Wharf for the World Oceans Day event (June 8) in 2010. Each year, a teacher, Michele Tomasino, would bring her classr to discover the marine life under the docks. World Fisheries Trust typically had touch tanks set up, where students could see and touch marine animals. That year, Maeva and Mike were invited to partake in the events and decided to expand on the program. They had the chance to play with a full face intercom mask before the event and use a housing for a GoPro camera, that Mike built with his dad, and linked it to a tube ray television on the docks. Students were able to see the diver and ask them questions directly, and were very excited about seeing a diver or two in the water! This event was Fish Eye Project's first underwater to surface stream for the purpose of promoting ocean stewardship!

Since then, World Oceans Day has been close to our heart, and every year, we do something special for it. On June 8th 2016, we had our proof of concept for Giant Screen Theaters! Five venues, including IMAX Victoria, the Saskatchewan Science Centre in Regina and the Telus World of Science in Edmonton, joined the Live Dive from the kelp forest off of Victoria's coast, in addition to over 4,000 students online from all over North America. This event motivated us to work hard to plan future events.  

Our initial and everlasting goal has been to inspire this and the next generation of ocean stewards. We enjoy connecting people to the ocean in a fun and interactive way. Our events are also designed with school curriculum in mind. Events include pre- and post- digital curriculum for teachers to prepare their classrooms before the dive as well as learn even more after the dive.

With that, we would like to extend a huge thank you to all the people and sponsors who have made our first, current and future events possible! Those like Aqualung and Ocean Technology Systems for access to technical equipment, the residents of Fisherman’s Wharf for lending equipment and all the volunteers involved in each event. 

From here, there are many exciting new things on the horizon for Fish Eye Project! Including World Oceans Day 2017 at Fisherman’s Wharf! Stay tuned for updates on this event and more! To get updates, sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! And to get some back stage/live action, we’re on Snapchat (fisheyeproject) too!

Photo edited by Mike Irvine

Photo edited by Mike Irvine

Old "Team Fish Eye" logo

Old "Team Fish Eye" logo

World Ocean's Day 2013 at Fisherman's Wharf with World FIsheries Trust 

World Ocean's Day 2013 at Fisherman's Wharf with World FIsheries Trust 

Maeva at the World Ocean's Day 2015 photobooth

Maeva at the World Ocean's Day 2015 photobooth