After more than two decades, Paul feels gratitude for both his job and for the people he works with on a daily basis.
He’s responsible for moving fry between hatcheries and smolts from hatcheries to farm sites. “I love the sense of teamwork and energy that comes from working with people who have a ‘we can do this’ attitude all the time,” shared Paul.
Paul was born in Yorkshire, England and moved to Canada when he was four. The Kendrick family, which also includes Paul’s two brothers, settled in North Vancouver.
A winter kayak trip around Nelson Island on the Sunshine Coast changed the course of Paul’s life. It was 1985. He caught sight of a salmon farm and camped nearby, talking to the employees, and learning about an industry in its early stages. Being outside and working with fish, living in a smaller community, everything about it appealed to Paul, and he thought, “This is fantastic.”
Intrigued by salmon aquaculture, Paul enrolled in Capilano College’s aquaculture program in Sechelt, the first full-time course the college offered.
Following graduation in 1988, Paul landed work right away, first for Norwegian Enterprises, and then with Stolt Sea Farm as Assistant Manager at Dalrymple Hatchery, where he lived on-site in Sayward for six years. As the company expanded,his specialized skills in successfully moving fish translated into a full-time commitment.
Paul has a passion for travel (his favorite place is Bhutan), and running. He is currently focused on training for his first marathon in October in Victoria. “I love running; it settles down the mental noise, releases stress and keeps me fit.” Paul also enjoys writing, hiking and continues to make time for kayaking.