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Ocean monitoring startup establishes Canadian base

The Fish Site
by The Fish Site
23 June 2021, at 9:28am

Scoot Science, which produces ocean monitoring dashboards for the aquaculture sector, has set up its first business outside of the US.

SeaState provides aquaculture operators with information on a range of water quality measurements, such as dissolved oxygen levels (click on image to enlarge)
SeaState provides aquaculture operators with information on a range of water quality measurements, such as dissolved oxygen levels (click on image to enlarge)

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The California-based startup has announced the formation of Scoot Science Canada – in order to be closer to many of its key aquaculture customers, including Grieg Seafood BC. The firm launched its SeaState dashboard this year, which integrates in-pen environmental data with publicly available oceanographic and meteorological data, allowing ocean-based aquaculture businesses better understand and react to rapidly changing ocean environments.

“Aquaculture, especially at high latitudes, is one of the first industries to directly feel the impact of changing oceans on their bottom line as these companies experience more frequent and intense warm water, low dissolved oxygen, and plankton bloom events,” said Scoot Science CEO, Jonathan LaRiviere, who co-founded the company in 2017 with Evan Goodwin.

“According to Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada holds almost $31.5B (CAD) in their blue economy. By establishing Scoot Canada we are looking to help catalyse Canada's blue economy through aquaculture. Our aspiration is to use Scoot’s flexible risk modelling to help all ocean operators best manage the challenges of changing oceans and to facilitate sustainable growth of the blue economy. Scoot Canada is the first of many steps we plan to take globally as we work towards improving humanity's relationship with the rapidly changing ocean.”

Scoot Science has worked with customers in British Columbia, Newfoundland, and Nova Scotia. Grieg Seafood British Columbia, the sixth largest salmon producer globally, is among the list of top tier producers using Scoot’s SeaState platform. Recently, Scoot Science announced the addition of regionally-based team members Roddy Morrison and Craig Blackie. Morrison has a background of over 20-years working in aquaculture-specific technology for companies including Skretting, Marine Harvest Canada, and Stolt Sea Farm. Blackie brings his background in fish biology and aquaculture to the team to support the interests of aquaculture companies, first nations groups, government agencies and environmental organizations.