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DNV takes ownership of Ocean Ecology

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In a strategic move to solidify its position in the aquaculture and ecological consultancy sector, risk management specialist DNV has assumed full ownership of the consultancy firm Ocean Ecology.

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DNV seeks to strengthen its position in the aquaculture and ecological consultancy sector

DNV - an independent assurance and risk management provider - has become the sole owner of Ocean Ecology - a leading UK provider of marine environmental consultancy, technical and advisory services to businesses operating in the blue economy. This follows DNV’s earlier acquisition of Åkerblå, the previous majority shareholder of Ocean Ecology.

“DNV’s leading position in the marine industry provides the ideal platform for the continuation of Ocean Ecology's rapid growth trajectory spanning the full breadth of blue economy sectors, in particular offshore renewables, and aquaculture,” said Ocean Ecology’s technical director Ross Griffin, in a press announcement of the acquisition.

Established in 2013, Ocean Ecology has established itself as a trusted partner for projects ranging from coastal and offshore zones to feed into the Environmental Impact Assessment process, monitoring programmes and applied research. Boasting expertise spanning a wide range of marine ecological survey and consultancy services, and a team of 98 subject matter experts, Ocean Ecology is poised to accelerate DNV’s ambition to build an aquaculture powerhouse.

The growing demand for environmental services reflects a heightened awareness of biodiversity risks within the aquaculture sector. As the industry grapples with evolving sustainability standards, the need for robust environmental solutions to mitigate potential ecological impacts is increasing.

“We are excited to welcome Ocean Ecology’s team to DNV. Their deep domain expertise in marine services is an ideal fit that complements our existing aquaculture experience,” said DNV’s global aquaculture supply chain director Thomas Vogth-Eriksen.

“As regulatory frameworks continue to evolve and stakeholder expectations rise, comprehensive biodiversity assurance services play a pivotal role in facilitating the transition towards more sustainable aquaculture practices,” he added.

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