Sean Feagan

Mowi Canada West salmon farm. (Mowi photo)

Fish farmers say data refutes sea lice drop-off after Discovery Islands restocking ban

But wild salmon advocates say link between farms and infections supported by peer-reviewed science

Mowi Canada West salmon farm. (Mowi photo)
A rockfish. Courtesy Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance.

Researchers uncover and map biological hotspots of B.C.’s Central Coast

Rich groups of rockfish, sponges and corals found, including in fjords and inland channels

A rockfish. Courtesy Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance.
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.
Kevin Gourlay uses radio telemetry to track marmots. Photo courtesy Kevin Gourlay.

Researchers find three new Vancouver Island Marmot colonies this summer

Two colonies found in Strathcona Park, where recovery has been a “struggle”

Kevin Gourlay uses radio telemetry to track marmots. Photo courtesy Kevin Gourlay.
Project Watershed staff and volunteers prepare to sample the beach at Frank James Park in Campbell River on Aug. 11 to assess the site for beach-spawning forage fish. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

VIDEO: Volunteers needed to help Island group study salmon food source

Project Watershed studying poorly-understood beach-spawning forage fish eaten by young salmon

Project Watershed staff and volunteers prepare to sample the beach at Frank James Park in Campbell River on Aug. 11 to assess the site for beach-spawning forage fish. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Dallas Allison trains on Mohun Lake on Aug. 13, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.

B.C paramedic trying to break world record for longest 24-hour paddleboard ride

Dallas Allison using Guinness World Record attempt to raise money for Honour House Society

Dallas Allison trains on Mohun Lake on Aug. 13, 2021. Photo by Sean Feagan / Campbell River Mirror.
Marine mammal regulations prohibit drones being flown near marine mammals. Black Press file photo.

Troubling trend of drones buzzing B.C. marine mammals leads to DFO warning

Disturbing whales, sea lions and other marine mammals prohibited under federal regulations

Marine mammal regulations prohibit drones being flown near marine mammals. Black Press file photo.
Sablefish is a fish species that lives in sea beds of the Pacific Northwest that is also farmed commercially. Public domain photo.

Vancouver Island First Nation testing the waters of sablefish fish farming

Campbell River area We Wai Kai to conduct habitat surveys with provincial and federal funding

Sablefish is a fish species that lives in sea beds of the Pacific Northwest that is also farmed commercially. Public domain photo.