Posted by: marineharvestcanada | February 12, 2009

Focus on Aquaculture: A Coastal Community Employer

Good afternoon, Check this out. Courtesy of the Job Shop in Courtenay, British Columbia.

Aquaculture companies on northern Vancouver Island offer stable and year-round employment.

Aquaculture companies on northern Vancouver Island offer stable and year-round employment.

Those who like to work outdoors on Vancouver Island’s coast might consider the industry of aquaculture. Farmed salmon is a major BC export and aquaculture companies offer stable, year-round employment for the Island’s coastal communities. Three companies with offices in Campbell River are Grieg Seafood, Mainstream Canada, and Marine Harvest Canada.

Marine Harvest Canada is a division of Marine Harvest, which operates in 18 countries. Marine Harvest Canada is a major employer on northern Vancouver Island and the mainland’s central coast, with 530 people employees. The company farms, processes and sells Atlantic salmon, and says it cannot keep up with demand. Eighty percent of Marine Harvest’s salmon is shipped south of the border. Communications Manager Ian Roberts expects aquaculture will supply the increasing global demand for protein in the years to come.

There are many, varied employment opportunities in aquaculture, including:

• Operations and senior managers
• Scientists
• Environmental managers and technicians
• Veterinarians and fish health specialists
• Farm and hatchery workers
• Boat captains and deckhands
• Divers
• Workers in manufacturing and processing
• Administrators
• Sales professionals and marketers

At Marine Harvest Canada, entry-level workers are employed in the hatchery, fish farming sites, and fish processing. Thirty-seven sea-water and fresh-water sites and seven hatcheries are located near the towns of Campbell River, Port McNeill, Port Hardy, Quatsino, and Klemtu (on the mainland’s central coast). Processing activities occur in Port Hardy and Klemtu. The head office is located in Campbell River.

Seventy-five percent of those employed by Marine Harvest work in shifts, with eight days on and six days off. Employees can commute to work by a crew truck, and crew boats take workers to water-based sites. Camps offer many facilities and the company offers an attrac¬tive benefit plan and annual perfor¬mance-based raises.

Marine Harvest Canada advertises its positions on its website HR Director Ken Crewe is always accepting resumes and recommends visiting the website for entry-level positions, which are not advertised in the newspapers. He says teamwork skills are as important as technical skills, and he looks for people who like to work hard and get results.


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