Ocean Ecology acquires Tritonia Scientific

Tritonia Scientific Blue Robotics ROV operating with through-water acoustic tracking in low-light conditions

Marine environmental services business Ocean Ecology Limited (OEL) has taken a controlling stake in underwater survey specialist Tritonia Scientific.

The move follows OEL’s acquisition of marine tech company Ecospan Environmental last year.

Tritonia’s key technology involves using georeferenced 3D photogrammetry (G3DP) to evaluate hard substrates beneath and around fish farm sites. G3DP also serves as a supplementary technology for soft sediment regulation.

Tritonia Scientific, based in Oban, is a research and development-focused organisation that has, since its establishment in 2018, been a trailblazer in visualising, mapping, and measuring the underwater environment. Utilising G3DP techniques, Tritonia generates data that significantly enhance the quality and precision of marine geospatial planning and management across various scales, complemented by applying advanced machine learning techniques to accelerate analyses and reporting.

Ocean Ecology says the combined group is now capable of delivering a comprehensive marine environmental service, tailored for the aquaculture industry. Part-owned by the Åkerblå Group (which is now part of DNV), Ocean Ecology is confident that this latest move will provide best-in-class solutions for assessing seabed features and habitats to clients in the aquaculture sectors in Scotland and Norway.

The collaborative efforts of the three companies will now focus on “…providing end-to-end solutions, from planning to processing, offering superior assessments for stakeholders invested in the aquaculture sector”.

Ross Griffin, OEL’s Technical Director, said: “We are thrilled to be joining forces with Tritonia Scientific and are excited to see how their cutting-edge approaches of visualising the underwater environment can advance the quality, precision and efficiency of our work and that of the wider Åkerblå Group. This collaboration underscores our commitment to innovation and providing best-in-class solutions for assessing seabed features and habitats to our clients.”

Ocean Ecology Ltd survey equipment being deployed



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