GPO Charters is owned and operated by Dane Stabel. Born and raised in the remote Northwest Territories of Canada, Dane has always been passionate about the wilderness. He has spent the past twenty years exploring Vancouver Island and Coastal British Columbia and considers this to be home. With a bachelor of science in biology from UBC and a master of science in environmental studies from UVic, Dane has extensive knowledge of the local marine ecosystem.
He first came to Bamfield in 2005 to attend field biology courses at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and has been hooked ever since. After teaching in the public education program at BMSC for three years, he has since moved on to working as a commercial scientific diver. He travels all over the BC coast working on various fisheries and conservation projects. He is also an avid underwater photographer and videographer and hopes to one day publish a natural history book about the local area. Dane is passionate about sharing his knowledge with others and keen to help people experience the spectacular beauty of Barkley Sound.
He spent the 2013 season operating Broken Island Adventures, an ecotourism company with over twenty years experience in Barkey Sound. After learning a wealth of knowledge from the owners John and Sheryl Mass, Dane has continued to offer these services under his own company GPO Charters ltd. Barkley Sound is his absolute favorite spot in the world and he plans to spend the rest of his life exploring and documenting this beautiful area.