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Cermaq adopts unique ocean forecasting tool at 26 sites in Canada

Cermaq Canada has opted to use Scoot Science's SeaState Forecasting platform across its sites to give it access to intelligent insights from farm data.

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
30 June 2022, at 9:00am
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Fish Health Project Coordinator at Cermaq using the SeaState technology

The SeaState platform uses farm data to produce forecasts with regional and site-specific ocean conditions © Cermaq

Scoot Science, an ocean analytics company, has announced that Cermaq Canada is the first company to adopt its new ocean forecasting tools in its proprietary SaaS platform, SeaState. 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.

SeaState, the world’s first ocean intelligence platform for aquaculture, is now running across 26 Cermaq sites in Canada. Real-time temperature, salinity, and oxygen levels are integrated with publicly available data to produce forecasts with regional and site-specific ocean conditions. The multi-day forecasts of ocean conditions are updated four times per day to give farmers the warnings they need to improve fish welfare, increase survivability, and operate more sustainably and profitably.

In addition to SeaState ocean forecasts, Cermaq is utilising 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.

“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,” says co-founder and CEO Dr Jonathan LaRiviere. “This is the approach we take with all of our clients.”

“We’ve needed an innovative system that not only connects our variety of data streams, but also makes our data useful,” says Dr 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 maximise the full value of our ocean monitoring efforts.”

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The Scoot Science platform at work

The technology allows Cermaq employees to anticipate and act quickly if a threat is approaching © Cermaq

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.