By Gina Forsyth
Kyle Girgan’s aquaculture career has taken him to two countries – Canada and Norway – and provided varied opportunities, all with Marine Harvest. As a Fish Technician at Sayward South Hatchery for the past seven months, Kyle enjoys the challenges and successes of feeding fish that weigh less than ½ a gram.
“I started in processing, then worked on the sites and now I’m at a hatchery so I’m working my way backward in the fish’s life cycle”, he said with a laugh.
Kyle was introduced to the industry while abroad, after extending a trip to visit family in Norway. He worked for Marine Harvest Norway in a processing plant for three years and also worked with cod and halibut. Upon returning to Canada in 2005, Kyle worked at
Georgie Lake and took aquaculture courses at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo, when he began doing presentations to high school students about the industry, something he continues to do. He also worked on a sea site and most recently at the hatchery in Ocean Falls, which he describes as a “magical” and “special” place.
“I’m so thankful for the opportunity I’ve had to work with the world-class people at Marine Harvest, particularly here in BC,” said Kyle.
Kyle was born in Yellowknife, in the Northwest Territories, and completed high school in Kitimat in the early 1990s. His family was a mobile one. Kyle and his fiancée Amanda, a high school teacher, are planning a December wedding. They live in Nanaimo and enjoy exploring the area with their five year old dog, Lulu, a border collie cross.