Trenton Johanson

What is your job title and brief job description?

Manager – Sunrise Fish Farms

To oversee general operations of all the farm practices on our mussel sites, in charge of all staff, inventory, product, supplies, etc.

How is your career related to the aquaculture industry?

I travel to and assess the mussel sites and organize the crew and their daily tasks.

What type of service or product do you or your company provide?

We grow and provide fresh blue mussels to the North American Market.

What is your educational background and/or work experience and how has it assisted you in this aquaculture career path?

I managed a service company in Alberta.  For this position, I was trained under direct supervision by theowner/manager, Job Halfyard for 2.5 years.  All hands on training is directly linked to what I do today.

What attracted you to your current job?

As I am originally from Saskatchewan, and my wife who is originally from NL always wanted to return to NL. I also really enjoy working for a private enterprise.  There weren’t any other opportunities that I am aware of for a position like this in central NL. I was very fortunate to secure a position and opportunity such as this.

What are the benefits of this aquaculture job?

There are many benefits to this job such as: working outdoors on a daily basis, work with live mussels/product and get to see it grow to market size, daily tasks differ with new challenges, I enjoy working with people and I also have many family ties in NL.

What is your favourite thing about your job?

I love working in the outdoor environment.

What advice would you give to people considering job opportunities in aquaculture?

I would really recommend working in this industry/field of work. Education is important and hands on experience is essential.

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