In this episode Silvija talks to research director at the Institute of Marine Research (Havforskningsinstituttet) Geir Lasse Taranger, and executive director and Co-founder of Bioceanor in Sophia-Antipolis, in the south of France, Charlotte Dupont. IMR provide data, research result, and governmental advice on fisheries, aquaculture, seafood quality as well as safety, while Bioceanor provides machine learning tools to anticipate water quality in aquaculture. Taranger and Dupont explains what environmental data is, how they use it and why it is important.
Who are you, personally and professionally?
GT: I am from the fishing community Austevoll and has a background as research scientist and research leader for more the 30 years in aquaculture, currently research director with responsibility for aquaculture, environment and technology at the Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Bergen, Norway
CD: I am 34 years old, in charge of leading operational activities at Bioceanor. I have created Bioceanor in 2017 with my husband Samuel and I am passionated by ocean preservation and new technologies.
What does your organization do, and why do people buy from you/work with you?
GT: IMR do ocean, aquaculture and seafood research and monitoring and is the principal adviser to Norwegian authorities use of ocean and coastal resources. We provide data, research result, and governmental advice on fisheries, aquaculture, seafood quality and safety, as well as marine ecosystem state and impact of human ocean activities
CD: Bioceanor provides machine learning tools to anticipate water quality in aquaculture. People buy our products because we can give valuable information about water quality in advance, anticipation of issues to come, and related advices.
What does digital transformation mean to you?
GT: IMR gather large amounts of ocean, coastal and seafood data through our monitoring and research activities. In addition to own data, are we receiving data from authorities, fisheries and aquaculture. Data are shared on an international level trough the Norwegian Marine Data Centre at IMR, and trough the NMDC collaboration. New sensors and analytical methods (such as genomics) result in massive increase in data amount and need for better data pipelines and AI interpretation of complex data, e.g. from broadband echo sounders on research vessels, ocean observatories and in aquaculture experimental cages. We have recently established HI Digital as a new division at IMR in particular to strengthen our digital transformation and use of AI.
CD: For me digital transformation is unavoidable in any aspect of life. But it has to mean something and be used for a bigger purpose than just being a convenient digital tool. It has to give an added value to the user, like advices and alerts.
Any important sustainability perspectives?
GT: We travel much less under covid-19, we have to work differently after covid in this regard. Digital communication has improved and contribute to less travel
CD: We promote sustainability through all our activities. Our investors are impact funds who ask us for strong impact kpi, as much as business kpi. For the next years we are committed to accelerate adoption of sustainable aquaculture labels with our customers, to give access to more environmental data to researchers, and to educate about ocean preservation in general.