Sean Feagan

Christoph Deeg, Pacific Salmon Foundation researcher. Photo by Alanna D Photography.

New Pacific Salmon Foundation research sheds new light on open ocean survival

Study examines relationship between environmental conditions, pathogens, and gene expression

Christoph Deeg, Pacific Salmon Foundation researcher. Photo by Alanna D Photography.
A fresh catch of wild spot prawns is unloaded at Mad Dog Crabs in Duncan, B.C. (Warren Goulding file photo)

B.C. spot prawn harvesters relieved at federal thaw on flash-freeze tubbing

Draft management plan back to status quo as DFO abandons ‘catastrophic’ rule change proposals

A fresh catch of wild spot prawns is unloaded at Mad Dog Crabs in Duncan, B.C. (Warren Goulding file photo)
Campbell River courthouse. Google maps

Island woman gets 24 months for mugging senior, robbing store with painted water pistol

Sentenced after pleading guilty to three charges for crimes committed February in Campbell River

Campbell River courthouse. Google maps
A bus travels on Dogwood Street amid a snowstorm in Campbell River. Note snow-clearing for municipal and provincial roads are separate operations. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Extraordinary snowfall event stretching Vancouver Island snow clearing operations

Provincial contractor clears roads by a priority system that resets upon each snowfall

A bus travels on Dogwood Street amid a snowstorm in Campbell River. Note snow-clearing for municipal and provincial roads are separate operations. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
A small, orphaned black bear cub in Gold River has been rescued. Photo courtesy Kim Sevinski.

Wildlife advocates work together to rescue orphaned bear cub on Vancouver Island

Underweight bear was alone for days in Vancouver Island community, now in rehabilitation centre

A small, orphaned black bear cub in Gold River has been rescued. Photo courtesy Kim Sevinski.
Bill Coltart, president of Campbell River Association of Tour Operators (CRATO), as debris the organization has collected from local shorelines and sorted is loaded onto a transport truck for recycling. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Bill Coltart, president of Campbell River Association of Tour Operators (CRATO), as debris the organization has collected from local shorelines and then sorted is loaded onto a truck to be transported for recycling. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Vancouver Island shorelines scrubbed cleaner thanks to tour operator-led project

Campbell River Association of Tour Operators lead removal of 37 tonnes of debris over 350 kilometres

Bill Coltart, president of Campbell River Association of Tour Operators (CRATO), as debris the organization has collected from local shorelines and sorted is loaded onto a transport truck for recycling. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Bill Coltart, president of Campbell River Association of Tour Operators (CRATO), as debris the organization has collected from local shorelines and then sorted is loaded onto a truck to be transported for recycling. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Participants of the ghost gear recovery training program in November. Photo courtesy Joan Drinkwin.
Participants of the ghost gear recovery training program in November 2021. Photo courtesy Joan Drinkwin.

Diver training helping B.C. get to the bottom of its ‘ghost gear’ problem

Training part of federal government program targeting lost fishing gear in Canadian waters

Participants of the ghost gear recovery training program in November. Photo courtesy Joan Drinkwin.
Participants of the ghost gear recovery training program in November 2021. Photo courtesy Joan Drinkwin.
An array of seafood. Public domain image.

Marine watchdog urges federal government to crack down on seafood fraud

Oceana Canada want boat-to-plate traceability to address misrepresentation of seafood products

An array of seafood. Public domain image.
A salmon leaps out of the water while fighting a line in the Puntlege River in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell

B.C. recreational chum salmon fisheries go catch-and-release due to low returns

DFO non-retention orders in effect for multiple recreational fisheries throughout southern B.C.

A salmon leaps out of the water while fighting a line in the Puntlege River in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell
Quillback rock fish on a marine protected area glass sponge reef. (Photo credit of CPAWS-BC, Diane Reid)

Watchdog says B.C.’s marine protected areas fall short in protecting biodiversity

Activities such as bottom trawling active in some MPAs, future threats looming

Quillback rock fish on a marine protected area glass sponge reef. (Photo credit of CPAWS-BC, Diane Reid)
Researchers sample fish in the Keogh River on Vancouver Island. Simon Fraser University.

Vancouver Island study disentangles river and marine stressors on salmon and trout

Decline in freshwater recruitment of three species strongly associated with watershed logging

Researchers sample fish in the Keogh River on Vancouver Island. Simon Fraser University.
Mowi Canada West salmon farm in B.C. waters. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada)

Federal court hearing on B.C.’s Discovery Island fish farm phase-out underway

Opposing arguments from aquaculture companies and environmental organizations being heard

Mowi Canada West salmon farm in B.C. waters. (Photo supplied by Mowi Canada)
Self-reported rates of anxiety and depression increased during parts of the pandemic. File photo.

Stats Canada reports significant pandemic-related jumps in depression and anxiety

Public health officer: ‘Huge amount of work ahead of us with restoring resiliency in our communities’

Self-reported rates of anxiety and depression increased during parts of the pandemic. File photo.
The semi-closed aquaculture containment system trialed by Cermaq Canada. Cermaq Canada Photo.

Tech flaw halts Vancouver Island semi-closed fish farm trial

Water quality concerns, dying fish leads Cermaq to shut down Clayoquot Sound testing

The semi-closed aquaculture containment system trialed by Cermaq Canada. Cermaq Canada Photo.
The city-owned electric vehicle charging station at the Dogwood Operations Centre in Campbell River. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Campbell River latest Island town to slap user fee on EV charging stations

Electric vehicle users to be charged $2 per hour after half hour, in move aimed to bump turnover

The city-owned electric vehicle charging station at the Dogwood Operations Centre in Campbell River. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
A graph depicting job vacancy rate from 2015 through to the second quarter of 2021 for Canada (red), British Columbia (dark green) and Vancouver Island (light green). Data was not collected for Q2 and Q3 of 2020 due to the pandemic, hence the gap on the graph. Source: Statistics Canada 14-10-0325-01.

High job vacancy continues to be felt across Vancouver Island

Record high job vacancies in Q2 2021 caused by pandemic’s ‘perfect storm’

A graph depicting job vacancy rate from 2015 through to the second quarter of 2021 for Canada (red), British Columbia (dark green) and Vancouver Island (light green). Data was not collected for Q2 and Q3 of 2020 due to the pandemic, hence the gap on the graph. Source: Statistics Canada 14-10-0325-01.
Job vacancies are a growing concern on Vancouver Island and beyond. File photo.

Newcomers piece of Vancouver Island’s job vacancy solution, but barriers remain

IWC director: Credential recognition, language training, and soft skill teaching need improvement

Job vacancies are a growing concern on Vancouver Island and beyond. File photo.
Residents head to the polling station at the Willow Point Sportsplex in Campbell River to vote in the 2021 federal election on Sept. 20, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

Vote counts for North Island—Powell River riding now complete

Federal election results delayed by mail-in ballots; final tallies show close race

Residents head to the polling station at the Willow Point Sportsplex in Campbell River to vote in the 2021 federal election on Sept. 20, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Indoor raceways at an existing land-based aquaculture facility, similar to those planned for the proposed Gold River Aquafarms facility. Photo courtesy Robert Walker.

Land-based Gold River Aquafarms project could provide up to 100 jobs

Steelhead aquaculture facility at former sawmill site just waiting for regulatory approval

Indoor raceways at an existing land-based aquaculture facility, similar to those planned for the proposed Gold River Aquafarms facility. Photo courtesy Robert Walker.
Island Generation, a 275-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Campbell River. Photo courtesy Capital Power.

BC Hydro planning future without Vancouver Island’s largest gas fired power plant

Campbell River Island Generation plant’s electricity agreement expiring in 2022; renewal in doubt

Island Generation, a 275-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Campbell River. Photo courtesy Capital Power.