Photography leads Keith Wood to aquaculture

December 13, 2017 - Powell River, BC

By Gina Forsyth

Keith Wood, Manager of the Glacial Creek brood stock site, credits his long time love of photography for introducing him to aquaculture.

Born in Ashford, England, Keith moved to the Comox Valley with his parents and younger sister. It was his father’s career as an electrician that brought them to Canada.

Following grade 12, Keith took a professional photography program at North Island College. He was working at Quatsino Fishing Lodge when he decided he wanted to photograph a Kermode bear, and contacted Marine Harvest to offer his services as a photographer.

Ian Roberts sent him to Marine Harvest’s Klemtu region on BC’s north coast, where he captured images of the elusive white bear on his first day, while also spending time with local First Nation salmon farmers.
Keith fascination with aquaculture had begun, and soon started working as a sea site technician in Campbell River and Klemtu, before moving to Glacial Creek brood stock site, in Jervis Inlet.

Three years ago he was promoted to site manager, with a crew of seven to 10 people depending on the time of year. Keith appreciates the advanced education opportunities offered by the company. “The management courses I have recently taken which have given me an additional skill set,” he explains.

“The site location is really beautiful, but logistics are challenging because we’re one of the most remote of all the company’s marine sites,” says Keith. “We’re on our own.”

Keith and his partner Tia welcomed their first child Stella Hartley Wood on September 15, 2017. They bought property in Powell River last summer and are planning a busy spring of building a pond, gardening and selective logging.

Check out Keith’s breathtaking photography of aquaculture and coastal scenery at www.woodworksphoto.com

Keith Wood