Cermaq Canada is the first company to unlock the full power of the new forecasting tools in the SaaS platform SeaState, has announced Scoot Science, the forerunner in ocean analytics. SeaState is the world’s first ocean intelligence platform for aquaculture, and now is running across 26 Cermaq salmon farming sites in Canada.

With its help, the salmon farmers receive multi-day forecasts of ocean conditions that are updated four times per day and the warnings they need to improve fish welfare, increase survivability, and operate more sustainably and profitably. Real-time temperature, salinity, and oxygen levels are integrated with publicly available data to produce forecasts with regional and site-specific ocean conditions.

“SeaState has the power to change the way ocean-based salmon farming operates. Our tools increase survivability, profitability, and sustainability of salmon farms anywhere in the world. We’re collaborating with Cermaq to expand our ocean intelligence toolset to their specific needs,” said SeaState Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan LaRiviere. “This is the approach we take with all of our clients,” he added.

The Canadian company Cermaq is also the first to activate the Scoot Integrated Welfare Index known as SIWI and to engage Scoot in bespoke analysis projects that helped refine the company’s standard operating procedures.

Cumulative impact of stressors

In addition to SeaState ocean forecasts, Cermaq is utilizing SIWI, a first-of-its-kind index that quantifies the cumulative impact of both human and environmental induced stressors on the welfare of the fish. This added layer of insight helps farms take action and plan mitigation for both real-time and forecasted threats.

“We’ve needed an innovative system that not only connects our variety of data streams, but also makes our data useful,” assured Kathleen Frisch from Cermaq.

“Scoot Science’s work is giving us a new level of understanding of how the ocean conditions affect our salmon and our operations in context of the local environment and our interactions with it. Now our team can easily anticipate and act quickly if a threat is approaching, integrate new innovative hardware solutions with our existing infrastructure, mitigate impacts and maximize the full value of our ocean monitoring efforts,” she added.

SeaState is hardware and system agnostic, integrating disparate data sources into a single unified platform. The platform’s flexible framework enables farms to adopt emerging sensor technologies and integrate those new solutions with systems that have been on site for years. The fully unified dataset is the backbone of forecasting and analytics that give farms actionable intelligence for streamlining operational decision making and saving fish.

Scoot Science now has customers in Canada and Norway including Grieg Seafood BC, Cermaq CA, and others. The recently released Scoot Science whitepaper ‘Green Sharpe: Making Oceans Investable with Integrated Risk & Impact Modeling’ dives deep into the solutions available to salmon farmers and impact investors interested in advancing sustainable production of one of the world’s most important and climate friendly sources of protein.

Team of oceanographers and data scientists

Founded in 2017, Scoot Science is the forerunner in ocean analytics and forecasting. The team of oceanographers and data scientists are creating the first transparent, comprehensive, data-driven tools measuring the impact and risk of ocean conditions on salmon farms globally. The global high resolution ocean modeling provided by Scoot Science opens up new pathways for impact investors to bring capital to sustainable ocean operations.

The ocean has absorbed 93% of the excess heat from human-caused global warming in recent decades. But this ocean warming isn’t evenly distributed. Ocean currents and vertical mixing through the water column move heat and other properties like salinity, nutrients, and oxygen around the global ocean. This means that changes in the physical, chemical, and biological properties of seawater vary widely depending on location. And it gets even more complicated near the coast where ocean currents are more dynamic.


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