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Posted by: marineharvestcanada | March 12, 2010

Music lover makes data sing!

For Duane Yates, Planning and Benchmarking Analyst, his 21 years in the industry has been “music to his ears”.

The gigantic spreadsheet taped to the wall of his office clearly indicates the focus of his position. Duane is responsible for long term site planning – what is harvested and when and from which sites. He also provides a host of monthly production statistics data, including comparisons between year classes, to Senior Management and Production Managers.

“I provide marine production information that helps us to know where we currently are, where we have been, and where we’re likely headed in the future.” said Duane.

Duane was born in Stoney Creek, Ontario, and moved to Campbell River in 1987. He started in aquaculture in 1989, when one of his brothers suggested he get his dive ticket. That ultimately led to site work for NorEnt and Heritage as well as two years in Chile as a feed manager. Duane made the transition to an office based position in 2004 as Data Manager.

Music has always been a key part of Duane’s life.

He’s excited to have recently moved into a house that includes a large workshop that he’ll use as a music studio. Not only is there space for Duane to permanently set up drums and other instruments but it will be a quiet space for him to get back into writing. The studio will also provide space for his 13 year old daughter to continue developing her music skills.

Duane plays live throughout the Comox Valley and Campbell River, hosts the “jam” every Sunday at the Cumberland Hotel, and does DJ work during the summer wedding season and throughout the Christmas holidays.

Duane’s website is

By Gina Forsyth

Posted by: marineharvestcanada | March 5, 2010

Friendly folk at fish plant

North Island Gazette Published: March 02, 2010 5:00 PM

I don’t usually write letters to the Gazette, but this time I thought something should be mentioned.

Marine Harvest Canada does a great deal for our community and we are never shy in asking them for favours.

I was tasked the other day to make a delivery to Marine Harvest Canada. I wondered where are they located? What is their parking like? Will I have problems parking? I hate parking.

Will I find the office? Will it be noisy and smelly? What if they are just annoyed that I am using their office to leave posters?

Off I go and follow the road to Marine Harvest. What a surprise. The company is easy to find, it has a great looking parking lot so there is no problem parking and a path led me to the door.

I walked past a group of workers enjoying the great weather while they sat and chatted at a most delightful gazebo perched by the ocean with a great view of Port Hardy.

I proceeded up a flight of stairs, feeling a little better, but now for the tough job – asking to leave a poster for someone else to pick up. I read the notice, took my shoes off at the top of the stairs and turned left.

I was met by a most courteous staff member who made me feel like a million. No problem, she said, “I believe he will be here later this afternoon and I will give it to him.”

Well, I said to myself, isn’t that nice. Everything about this place is top notch and their staff should be proud to work here – know I would be.

Donna Gault
Port Hardy

Posted by: marineharvestcanada | March 5, 2010

At MHC, recycling and energy reduction is a way of life

It’s been a decade since Marine Harvest began recycling and the program has since become a critical part of the company’s ISO14001 Environmental Management program.

“The site and office recycling actually started in 2000. Without ISO certification in 2001, we stepped up our recycling efforts to include waste oils and other ‘wet products’.” said Josee Migneault, Health, Safety & Environment Systems Manager.

A critical step to reaching and maintaining ISO certification is the ability to look at all areas of the business and identify “significant aspects” of operations that could have environmental impacts. At Marine Harvest, the decision was made to include recycling in the ISO program because of the variety and amount of equipment and goods used.

“I’m really proud to say all the sites, the office and the processing plant are on board with our recycling. We’re recycling everything that we can, using current technologies.” commented Josee.

When feed deliveries are made to the sites, feed bags, plastic barrels, pipes and all household items are barged to Vancouver by Gemini Marine. Upon arrival in Vancouver, the barge is met by several different recycling companies that take away everything to their own plants.

In the office, cardboard, newspapers, glass, and all other household goods are regularly picked up. Confidential documents are shredded first and then picked up by World-Wise Recycling.

Starting this year, the management-approved Energy Management Plan (EMP) commits the company to a program to reduce energy consumption and lower green house gas emissions from hatcheries, office, and processing facilities.

“It’s important that every effort is made to conserve energy and our natural resources. Energy efficient operations will not only reduce operating costs but also help reduce our carbon footprint.” Josee stated.

These efforts continue to find new ways of reducing the company’s carbon footprint. The installation of alternative power sources such as wind mills, solar panels and on-demand generators at marine sites and the purchase of energy-efficient appliances will help the company reach its environmental goals. In addition, staff is encouraged to come up with their own ideas to reduce energy consumption decreasing carbon dioxide emissions.

“The adoption of the EMP means that come year end, we’ll have the data (kilograms carbon/tonne of fish produced) to be able to calculate how much we reduced Marine Harvest’s carbon footprint during 2010.” said Josee.

By Gina Forsyth


Posted by: marineharvestcanada | March 4, 2010

Marine Harvest advances to U17 boys Island Cup championship game

By Jenifer Wilson, Special to Courier-Islander March 3, 2010
A soggy Echo Park Field in Port Alberni was the scene of an early game Sunday, as Marine Harvest took to the field for the U17 boy’s soccer final of the North Island Cup and came home with a well-deserved 3-0 victory.

The scoring opened in the third minute, when Campbell River’s Zach Hamilton took a corner kick. Shane Dumanoir received the pass, battered it at the Port Alberni defence, who deflected the ball back to Dumanoir and he converted his own rebound.

The next 15 minutes saw great play by Marine Harvest. Samuel Jepson, Wyatt Bryce and Dumanoir demonstrated some clever triangular passes in the Alberni 18-yard box.

Iain Wilson, playing in right back, passed in a couple of lovely arcing balls, which Jepson, perfectly placed, was just unable to convert. Neil Pomeroy made some great defensive intercepts to keep the ball in the Port Alberni half.

Ben Perrault and Shane Berry, both having very effective games, were rock solid in centre defence, forming a tight and mostly impenetrable unit.

The next Marine Harvest goal was at the 20-minute mark, when Jepson’s free kick was dropped cleverly over the Port Alberni defence to Dumanoir, whose blistering angled shot smacked into the back of the net: precisely according to the coaches’ directions!

The next few minutes saw a change in the direction of play, and Marine Harvest keeper Chris Erickson made two terrific saves. Erickson commanded the box with a particularly effective diving catch, when he plucked the ball confidently out of the air.

The third Campbell River goal came in the final minute of the half, when Hamilton passed to Dumanoir, who controlled and tapped the ball home to complete his natural hat-trick.

In the second half, Port Alberni came out hard, keen to get on the scoresheet. The play was frequently broken up and it seemed that the players couldn’t settle into a rhythm. As in the first half, Marine Harvest had many chances that went awry or narrowly missed the net.

Marine Harvest’s Justin Gjerde gave a fine display of solid clever play in the midfield. Gabriel Lessard made several splendid runs at full speed, working tenaciously to keep possession of the ball. Colton Reesor demonstrated persistent defense with style as he made an excellent contribution to the afternoon’s victory.

Braiden Gunn cleverly converted defence into attack as he retrieved then passed the ball back beautifully to the front line. Erik Christensen showed verve and confidence in a nice little back-heel pass that confused the Port Alberni attack and cleverly redirected the play. Malcolm Maundrell brought passion and intensity to the game as he went to the attack with little regard for his own wellbeing.

“Marine Harvest FC retained their grip on the North Island Cup with their fifth championship in six years,” said Marine Harvest head coach John Jepson. “Alberni proved a decent challenge, but the boys played a strong physical game and moved the ball about in unselfish and intelligent manner.

“Preparations continue over the next two weeks, as we ready ourselves for the biggest game of the year when we entertain Lakehill of Victoria (March 21) for the battle to attend the Provincial championship. The two teams have played in this South vs. North game on two previous occasions. In 2005, Marine Harvest FC won a wonderful game (3-2) and last year we won a real nailbiter 1-0!

“The two teams did meet in exhibition play in November with Lakehill winning 1- 0.”

© Copyright (c) Canwest News Service

Posted by: marineharvestcanada | February 26, 2010

Sleeping is easy when you’re proud of your work and its quality product

Courier-Islander, Published: Friday, February 26, 2010

I wish to respond to Len Sumner’s recent letter to the editor concerned about me getting a good night’s sleep (Wild Pacific Salmon or employment, Feb. 19).

I’m a salmon farmer, so I guess that gives me the right to respond to your questions. First off, I am helping those “huge Norwegian corporations” raise a high-quality salmon product on a year-round basis which is both nutritious and delicious. I’m not sure what you have against Norwegians – they’re actually very nice people. During an era when global human expansion is setting unprecedented numbers, we must look to alternative methods to provide the food to satisfy the masses. Unfortunately during recent decades, man’s furious race to harvest the seas for this reason (as well as for monetary gains) has resulted in a shortage of biomass inhabiting the oceans. Man has impacts on every portion of the food web and this of course has detrimental impacts on every living organism everywhere – the sea is no exception.

The culturing of living organisms is not a new practice, it is done in every country on most continents. As we supply protein to feed people, we are accepting the challenge of raising salmon to help alleviate the pressures on the wild stock so that they may perhaps return one day to their historical levels. As you are probably well aware, the pink salmon that were once classified as endangered and at risk for extinction sure did not listen to the doom and gloom reporting that seemed to occupy every newspaper in the last number of years.

Speaking of working for huge corporations, unless you are independently wealthy, or own a small business, you too Mr. Sumner are likely part of a bigger picture answering to a shareholder somewhere. The people being well-funded to ask salmon farming companies the critical questions also answer to their big brothers. The world has grown so big and the political and social layering of classes is widening all the time so it is inevitable to believe that we all have questions that we have to answer for the person waiting on the next rung up the ladder.

I do sleep well at night knowing that I work in an industry I believe in, work with people I can be proud of, and produce a quality product that has health benefits, is delicious, and well sought after. I would not continue my career if I did not believe in it. After six years of post-secondary education, and 12 years working experience, I could do many other things, but pride myself on being a salmon farmer! My job is nowhere near important enough to me if it meant I was jeopardizing any wild species let alone the icon of the coast – the wild Pacific salmon. It’s not a question of “wild salmon or employment” – aquaculture helps sustain both.

I hope this provides the answers you were looking for. It likely won’t because you may have your mind already made up, but I suggest you take the opportunity this summer to take a tour of a working salmon farm to see for yourself the level of pride and true stewardship we as salmon farmers take to provide a healthy and sustainable product.

George Nichols

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