Environment

The sea lion was discovered this week dead of a gunshot to the head amid a tense time between fisherman and environmentalists over the roe herring fishery.
The sea lion was discovered this week dead of a gunshot to the head amid a tense time between fisherman and environmentalists over the roe herring fishery. Alan Fletcher

Conservationists say sea lion found dead of gunshot to the head on Hornby Island

By The Canadian Press
March 20, 2019 - 4:03pm

HORNBY ISLAND — A sea lion was discovered washed up on a Hornby Island beach this week, dead from a gunshot to the head. 

The carcass was discovered by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, who said they've also observed abuse of the animals on the water. 

A few remaining crew members aboard the Russian research vessel Kaganovsky bask in the sunshine in Nanaimo Wednesday following a month in the Gulf of Alaska.
A few remaining crew members aboard the Russian research vessel Kaganovsky bask in the sunshine in Nanaimo Wednesday following a month in the Gulf of Alaska. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

First-of-its-kind expedition unlocks mysteries of west coast salmon

By Ian Holmes
March 20, 2019 - 2:55pm

NANAIMO — A renowned DFO scientist praised an inaugural Pacific Ocean study as a surefire way to strengthen west coast salmon stocks.

A Nanaimo SAR command centre at the end of Weigles Rd. for a missing Nanaimo man.
A Nanaimo SAR command centre at the end of Weigles Rd. for a missing Nanaimo man. Ian Holmes/NanaimoNewsNOW

UPDATE: man found, says search in area of Weigles Rd. was result of misunderstanding

By Ian Holmes
March 19, 2019 - 12:21pm Updated: March 19, 2019 - 3:48pm

UPDATE: It turns out a large-scale search for a man considered missing was the result of a misunderstanding.

Arrowsmith Search and Rescue president Nick Rivers said the man was located early Tuesday afternoon by an RCMP dog on a trail near Weigles Rd.

Dozens and dozens of vessels along the mid-island shore will be loaded with roe herring over the coming weeks.
Dozens and dozens of vessels along the mid-island shore will be loaded with roe herring over the coming weeks. Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Annual herring run creates natural phenomenon along mid-island shores

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
March 11, 2019 - 6:02pm

NANAIMO — The spectacle that is the annual roe herring fishery is underway in the mid-island waters of the Strait of Georgia.

The annual fishery opened on March 9, with dozens of seine vessels taking part in a mad dash to catch their share of this year's 8,300-tonne quota.

The white Jeep was discovered Wednesday morning after the driver became stuck while enjoying the low-tide.
The white Jeep was discovered Wednesday morning after the driver became stuck while enjoying the low-tide. Spencer Sterritt/NanaimoNewsNOW

Jeep gets mired in mud, abandoned in Pipers Lagoon

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
March 6, 2019 - 11:04am Updated: March 6, 2019 - 2:14pm

NANAIMO — An "act of stupidity" left a new Jeep stuck in the mud at Pipers Lagoon and likely ruined.

Police confirmed the Jeep became stuck in the lagoon when the owner and friends were enjoying a fire at the beach and decided to get creative with the vehicle. 

All that remains of the Sawtooth Oak after it was hacked down by vandals sometime overnight on Monday, March 4.
All that remains of the Sawtooth Oak after it was hacked down by vandals sometime overnight on Monday, March 4. submitted/City of Parksville

Uncommon young tree destroyed by vandals in Parksville Community Park

By Spencer Sterritt
March 5, 2019 - 5:19pm

PARKSVILLE — The Community Park has suffered an unsightly blow after a young tree was hacked down by vandals.

The Sawtooth Oak tree, which was only 20-years-old, was discovered Tuesday morning in the park's Arboretum near the tennis courts.

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