Manager, Mowi Canada West Salmon
I was born and raised in Alert Bay, BC. I am 41 years of age and I still live in my home town of Alert Bay, BC.
I am a father to 3 children, 2 daughters Jada 19 and Margureit 15, my son Maurice Jr. is 6. My children have helped push me to be the best father and provider I can be, and Salmon farming has given me 19 years of income to help me take care of my family. I am now going into my 19th year as a Salmon Farmer.
I started my Salmon Farming career with Heritage Salmon in January of 2000-2003. I stepped away from Salmon Farming for about a year to try Salmon/herring fishing, that was not the right fit for me. I found my way back into the Salmon Farming Industry by working on a tug and barge Alert Bay Towing Ltd. and we serviced the Salmon Farms in the Broughton Archipelago, Campbell River areas. I eventually found my way back to the sea sites and worked for Mainstream Canada, now known as Cermaq. October 2009, I applied with Marine Harvest, now Mowi Canada West and was hired and began working for this great company.
The progress that I’ve made with my career in the past 9 going onto 10 years with Mowi Canada West has been extraordinary, I never imagined I would come this far. I came in with the idea that I wanted to be nothing more than a site technician. The harder I worked, the more opportunities became available to me and Mowi helped me with that with their continued focus on training, to fine tune my skills, site tech to Assistant Manager to now Managing my own site.
Obviously, I believe in the value of aquaculture – I feel it is going to help save the wild stocks more than hurt these stocks. I feel without Salmon farming the demand for salmon is going to fall on the limited wild stocks. When I was young, I was told not to be a fisherman because it was a dying industry due to overfishing, logging and environmental impacts. I don’t believe that salmon farming has the harsh impact on wild stocks as it is being portrayed to have done.
I hope to continue Salmon Farming for many more years as it is a great sustainable industry with a ton of great people involved that care about the industry and protecting the environment.