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Former Mowi IT expert joins ocean forecaster Scoot Science

Scoot Science analyses data to help fish farmers work more productively. Image: Scoot Science website.
Scoot Science analyses data to help fish farmers work more productively. Image: Scoot Science website.

A software engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in aquaculture-specific IT has joined California-based Scoot Science, a leader in ocean analytics and forecasting for fish farmers.

Roddy Morrison, who joins Scoot Science as a software engineer, has previously worked for feed manufacturer Skretting, salmon farmer Marine Harvest Canada (now Mowi), and land-based turbot and sole producer Stolt Sea Farm.

Scoot Science chief executive Jonathan LaRiviere said: “We’re a team of oceanographers working to unlock the potential of ocean observing and help aquaculture companies operate more productively in their own environment.

“Roddy’s depth of experience in aquaculture IT brings an important perspective on how to efficiently and practically meet data analytics needs in the industry. His industry knowledge paired with the oceanographic capabilities of Scoot Science will give ocean farming businesses a clear pathway for leveraging their existing ocean observing tools to maximum effect.”

Roddy Morrison:
Roddy Morrison: "This technology will change the way ocean farms operate."

Product development

Morrison will work directly with aquaculture company IT departments on technical integrations, liaise with the Scoot Science software engineering team, manage customer data integrations and customisations, and support Scoot Science product development, the company said in a press release.

He was most recently digital innovation and business IT manager at Skretting North America overseeing Vancouver, Eastern Canada, and Salt Lake City. Prior to that, he held the role of IT director for North America at Marine Harvest Canada, and business systems analyst at Stolt Sea Farm.

A step further

“I’ve spent my career working with the technology and data sets aquaculture companies generate and use to analyse the coastal areas of Scotland, Norway and Eastern/Western Canada,” said Morrison.

“Scoot has the ability to support these businesses in two ways – first, by pooling that data into one main hub, and then taking it a step further by creating a tool that forecasts future ocean events. This technology will change the way ocean farms operate.”

Morrison is the first Canadian employee for Scoot Science. Currently, Scoot Science technology is being utilised by salmon farmer Grieg Seafood for its operations in British Columbia.