Company Biography

Nova Harvest is located in Bamfield, BC; adjacent to the pristine waters of Barkley Sound and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Founded in 2011 by J.P. Hastey, Julian German and Joel German, Nova Harvest is committed to supporting the growth and development of Canadian aquaculture. The geoduck industry is an excellent venue to begin this pursuit.

To accomplish our goals, we focus heavily on research and technical development to arrive at science-based solutions. With a broad experience base in the aquaculture industry and an innovative outlook, the Nova Harvest team is well positioned to supply the shellfish industry with a reliable source of high caliber seed.

Our Team


J.P. Hastey

J.P.’s keen interest in aquaculture development and entrepreneurial spirit lead him to co-found Nova Harvest Ltd with fellow Nova Scotians Joel and Julian German in 2011. He has received a Master of Science in Animal Science from the University of British Columbia and has a broad experience base ranging from field research to product development and hatchery design. J.P. and his team at Nova Harvest have built a solid foundation in shellfish aquaculture from which they will experience continued success as the industry evolves.


Amy McConnell

Amy has worked on a variety of field and lab based research projects, including several aquaculture and marine studies in coastal BC and Ireland.  She joined Nova Harvest in 2014, and has headed research efforts to optimize procedures and increase understanding of larval culture within the hatchery.


Kate Rolheiser

Kate joined the Nova Harvest team in 2012 with a passion for algae culture and an array of leadership and development skills. Her experience with animal care and shellfish husbandry brought her to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre as an assistant to the Research and Animal Care Coordinators. Here she met J.P. and Joel in the early stages of developing the hatchery and decided that working with Nova Harvest would be a rewarding opportunity to expand her skill set.