Unpredictable risks like low oxygen waters, large temperature swings, and plankton blooms: “We have the tools to constrain those risks”

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Scoot Science says it has forecasting models that can warn salmon farmers of extreme ocean events.

Ocean monitoring and forecasting technology company Scoot Science writes that it is simplifying ocean observing for aquaculture companies globally and unlocking the potential for forecasting ocean events with its new SeaState dashboard.

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SeaState software unifies in-pen environmental data with publicly available oceanographic and meteorological data in a web-based dashboard.

IMAGE: Scoot Science

The company partnered with Grieg Seafood last year to install the software at all 22 of its Atlantic salmon farms in BC, Canada.

Unconstrained risk
“Fish farming groups have a high tolerance for unconstrained risk on the water. They’ve done an excellent job monitoring the oceans and yet still consider many ocean risks—like low oxygen waters, large temperature swings, and plankton blooms—unpredictable. We have the tools to constrain those risks and we’re working with farms to increase lead time for extreme ocean events. We’re doing short-term forecasting on the individual farm level and also looking at the longer-term trends affecting regional-scale aquaculture,” said Scoot Science CEO Jonathan LaRiviere in a press release.

LaRiviere, who has a Ph.D. in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz, runs the company with co-founder Evan Goodwin who has an M.S. in Physical Oceanography.

Jonathan LaRiviere. PHOTO: CEO Scoot Science

The team of oceanographers, agro-economists, data scientists, and software engineers collect and distill scarce proprietary data with the tools of modern oceanography. The dashboard that allows farmers to quickly quantify predictable risks in the ocean that threaten marine life.

Early warning
SeaState’s forecasting models are focused on providing an early warning of extreme ocean events. Through increased lead-time farms are able to implement mitigation efforts and dramatically reduce losses. After an event, farms use SeaState to perform forensic audits and are able to identify specific actions that yielded the best results for fish welfare. In real time, Scoot Science is processing over 250,000 data points from each farm daily and is quantifying ocean dynamics from surface to seafloor.

“It will help these businesses mitigate the effects of climate change and other catastrophic incidents like algal blooms,” said LaRiviere.

“Ultimately, we see this as an opportunity for farms to protect their most valuable assets—the fish and seafood they’re raising,” he added.