West coast First Nations are feeling vindicated after DFO recently announced the closure of commercial herring fisheries off the west coast and Haida Gwaii
First Nations leaders have reported a severe drop in herring populations during the past decade, and have argued against continued commercial harvests.
Tseshaht Fisheries Manager Andy Olson says stocks need protecting from climate change and overfishing
DFO Spokesman Dan Bate says researchers have estimated a herring biomass of 17,000 metric tonnes, which is below the cut-off
He admitted there was even less herring last year, but scientists used a different assessment formula which gave a wildly incorrect biomass estimate and opened the area for fishing when there shouldn't have been any.
The Vancouver Island housing market kicked off 2016 with strong sales, continuing the momentum created in the last quarter of 2015.
BC Real Estate Association Chief Economist Cameron Muir says low oil prices and a weak Canadian dollar will help island home sales
He said Albertans close to retirement will likely decide to cash in, and B.C. is a popular retirement locale
The benchmark price for a home in Port Alberni is now around $187,000, an increase of 10 per cent since January 2015.
Vancouver Island Real Estate Board President Margo Hoffman says the housing market is now in seller’s territory, primarily caused by inventory levels that steadily declined in 2015.
She says if you’ve been waiting for an opportune time to put your home on the market, now would be an excellent time to sell.
A CROFTON MAN HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS THE PERSON KILLED IN AN ACCIDENT AT THE CATALYST PAPER MILL IN CROFTON LAST WEEK.
THE BC CORONER SAYS 62 YEAR OLD BRIAN NORMAN ALLEN WAS A HEAVY MACHINE OPERATOR AT THE MILL.
ACCORDING TO THE CORONER, HE WAS WORKING ON A BULLDOZER PILING UP HOG FUEL LAST WEDNESDAY.
THE MACHINE WENT OFF THE HIGH END OF THE PILE AND ALLEN WAS FOUND LATER BY CO-WORKERS, DEAD AT THE SCENE.
IT'S THE SECOND DEATH AT THE CROFTON MILL IN A LITTLE MORE THAN A YEAR.
The Bulldogs went 1 and 1 over the weekend, first running their winning streak to three with a 4-2 win Friday night over the Victoria Grizzlies. Garrett Halls, Ryan Finnegan, Jordan Sandhu and Eric Margo had the Bulldog goals, with Carson Schamerhorn picking up the win in net. The Dogs lost a 3-2 heartbreaker at home Saturday to the league leading Penticton Vees. Ryan Finnegan and Nathan Dingmann staked the Dogs to a 2-0 lead that they held until the final 10 minutes of the game, but the Vees responded with three goals in quick succession to steal a 3-2 win. Brody Claeys earned first star honours while taking the loss in net. The Dogs host Nanaimo Thursday, Salmon Arm Saturday and Merritt Sunday afternoon.
The Black Sheep Rugby Club won their second straight Saturday at home, 38-17 over West Shore 2.
Alberni Wrestling hosts their 33rd Alberni Armada Invitational wrestling tournament Friday through Saturday at ADSS. Exhibition action goes from 10:30 to 12:30 on Friday, with the Opening Ceremonies getting underway at 1:15. For further details, visit the tournament website.
Alberni Valley Minor Hockey is hosting the Bryan Mason Memorial tournament Friday through Monday. It's a Peewee/Bantam Recreational tournament. For further details and results, visit the tournament website here
Men’s Non Contact Hockey League
Friday Feb 5
Blue Marlin 5 vs Dumas West Coast Express 3
Boston Pizza 4 vs Urgels 2
MacDermotts 2 vs Hetherington 7
Ladies Non Contact Hockey
Monday February 1
CHICKS WITH STICKS 2 vs SHOOTERS 2 BOMBERS 3 vs Stingers 1