By Gina Forsyth
On the north coast of BC’s mainland lays the small community of Ocean Falls, where one of Marine Harvest’s hatcheries is located. Accessible only by boat or plane, this Marine Harvest facility is where Dave Porter, Fresh Water Technician, has worked since 2011.
“I’ve found my place here,” says Dave with a smile in his voice.
Although Dave was born in Vancouver, he grew up and graduated from high school on the other coast, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. “I was mad crazy about the music industry”, said Dave, which led to a 26 year career as a talent scout for Universal Music in Toronto. He signed such bands as The Matthew Good Band and Big Sugar before leaving the hustle and bustle of the industry and the big city in 2008, when he was offered a buy-out. “I took the money and ran,” he says.
After coming out to the West Coast, which he was familiar with through his musical scouting trips, Dave enrolled in the Fisheries and Aquaculture diploma course at Vancouver Island University, where he learned about the company through human resources presentations and summer jobs. He graduated with honors and joined Marine Harvest soon after.
In addition to the usual tasks involved with his position and due to the remoteness of the hatchery’s location, Dave has the ongoing opportunity to increase his equipment maintenance skills, something he’s particularly enjoying.
Sabre, Dave’s German Shepherd/Blue Heeler cross, who he describes as “a good bear-scarer”, keeps him company at home, where he’s kept busy chopping wood to fuel his furnace. He enjoys the opportunity to listen to music for pleasure instead of analyzing it and his 70,000 digitized songs give him a wide range to choose from.