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


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