By Gina Forsyth
Eight years into the position of Broodstock Site Manager at Glacial Creek and Trevor Dawes’ enthusiasm for aquaculture and the ocean has yet to diminish.
Glacial Creek is nestled in a remote fjord named Jervis Inlet on the Sunshine Coast, north of Vancouver. His responsibilities include managing staff, which increase during the busier times, and ensuring healthy fish during their time at the site. “I like taking care of the fish through their whole li
fe cycle. It’s satisfying,” says Trevor.
Trevor’s original post-secondary education plans pointed him towards architectural engineering. “At the last minute, I changed my mind and took aquaculture instead”. He graduated from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Ontario with a Diploma in Aquaculture and made his way west. It wasn’t his first visit to BC; his college program included a two week practicum which Trevor spent at the Vancouver Aquarium, working alongside killer whales. “I’ve been working with fish since I was 16 and being near the water has always been important,” he said.
Trevor was hired directly from school by Paradise Bay Seafarms and eventually made his way to the Omega Salmon Group, and then Panfish in 1996. He was assistant manager at Shelter Pass for a couple of years – one of the largest company sites – and then made the move to freshwater, starting at Homfray Creek in 2002.
Trevor feels fortunate that his aquaculture experience has allowed him to work in each lifecycle department: production, nursery, and broodstock. This progression has recently led him to accept another challenge in the broodstock department and will require him to move to Nanaimo this summer. He’s looking forward to having backyard chickens and continuing to hike, camp, and of course, fish.