Grieg em­ploy­ees headed to Nor­way

Four em­ploy­ees tak­ing part in knowl­edge ex­change pro­gram

The Southern Gazette - - EDITORIAL - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE MARYS­TOWN, NL

Four em­ploy­ees with Grieg NL’s aqua­cul­ture project in Marys­town will travel to Nor­way in mid-Oc­to­ber to take part in a knowl­edge ex­change.

Candice Way, Laura Dwyer, Sha­lyn Ryan and Jor­dan Keats will travel to var­i­ous re­gions in Nor­way, where they will be work­ing with and learn­ing how to use dif­fer­ent equip­ment at Grieg’s Tros­navåg fa­cil­ity.

“We’ll be over there for about four weeks,” said Way, who, along with Dwyer, will be learn­ing about the hatch­ery dur­ing their time in Nor­way.

“Learn­ing every­thing from when the eggs ar­rive, right up to tak­ing care of the big fish, so we’re re­ally ex­cited to have that op­por­tu­nity” ex­plained Way.

She added this will be her sec­ond time in Nor­way, where she trav­elled in March for a con­fer­ence.

Dwyer said it should turn out to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence for her­self and her col­leagues.

“It should be re­ally in­ter­est­ing.”

Dwyer is in­ter­ested in see­ing the process in ac­tion, “to see how they are do­ing it over there, in com­par­i­son to how they are do­ing it over here,” she ex­plained.

“(Aqua­cul­ture) is such a huge in­dus­try in Nor­way, it will be re­ally in­ter­est­ing to see (the process) from egg till when they’re ready to go out to sea, how they go about things.”

Way, who has worked in a re­cir­cu­lat­ing fa­cil­ity be­fore, said ev­ery fa­cil­ity does it dif­fer­ently.

“To go over there and see how this is be­ing worked in Nor­way – we’re pretty ex­cited to have that op­por­tu­nity,” she said. “To get to live there for a full month and ex­pe­ri­ence the cul­ture… Laura and I are ac­tu­ally go­ing to be liv­ing on-site for the full four weeks and go­ing to work ev­ery­day, so we’re re­ally go­ing to be im­mersed in the cul­ture, the work en­vi­ron­ment – every­thing.”

Keats, who will be em­ployed as wa­ter qual­ity spe­cial­ist at the Marys­town site, will also be work­ing at the fa­cil­ity.

“He’ll be liv­ing on-site as well for four weeks,” ex­plained Way. “He’ll be train­ing on how to do wa­ter qual­ity mea­sure­ments, be­cause that’s key to a re-cir­cu­lat­ing sys­tem work­ing prop­erly and that the fish are healthy.”

All four em­ploy­ees are look­ing for­ward to see­ing the dif­fer­ent fa­cil­i­ties in Nor­way and hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop knowl­edge of the pro­cesses and equip­ment “so we can come back and plan for this one.”

Ryan, who will be em­ployed as a ma­rine site man­ager when oper­a­tions get un­der­way in Marys­town, said she is look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I am pretty ex­cited, be­cause it’s not very of­ten peo­ple get to go to Nor­way at a young age,” she said. “I’m ex­cited to see some­thing new and get the ex­pe­ri­ence.

COLIN FAR­RELL/ THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

Laura Dwyer, Sha­lyn Ryan, Candice Way and Jor­dan Keats (miss­ing from photo) are pre­par­ing to head to Nor­way to train at Grieg NL’s fa­cil­i­ties in the area as part of the com­pany’s Nor­we­gian knowl­edge ex­change.

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