David Gordon Koch

Aerial view of a fish farm off the coast of northern Vancouver Island. File photo

Farmed Atlantic salmon in B.C. unaffected by virus, researchers find

Effects of piscine orthoreovirus, or PRV, under increased scrutiny following Federal Court decision

Aerial view of a fish farm off the coast of northern Vancouver Island. File photo
A DFO biologist at a fish farm in the Okisollo Channel, northeast of Quadra Island, on Oct. 31, 2018. File photo

Ottawa won’t appeal Federal Court ruling on farmed salmon virus

Review of piscine orthoreovirus policy ongoing, says DFO

A DFO biologist at a fish farm in the Okisollo Channel, northeast of Quadra Island, on Oct. 31, 2018. File photo
The Salmon Point Restaurant and Pub lies smouldering while firefighters conduct clean-up operations following a March 1 blaze. An investigation has traced the fire to the upper dining area. Photo by Curtis Papove

UPDATE: Police treating Salmon Point pub fire as ‘suspicious’

Blaze traced to origin but cause remains unknown, says fire chief

The Salmon Point Restaurant and Pub lies smouldering while firefighters conduct clean-up operations following a March 1 blaze. An investigation has traced the fire to the upper dining area. Photo by Curtis Papove
Sylas Thompson, 11, on Tyee Spit in Campbell River after a polar bear swim in late January. Black Press file photo

Young polar bear swimmer raises $30,000 for North Island anti-poverty groups

Sylas Thompson, 11, has been swimming daily amid record-breaking cold temperatures

Sylas Thompson, 11, on Tyee Spit in Campbell River after a polar bear swim in late January. Black Press file photo
The Salmon Point Restaurant and Pub lies smouldering while firefighters conduct clean up operations. The pub caught fire sometime before 5 a.m. on March 1. Photo by Curtis Papove

Patrons of Salmon Point Pub and Restaurant lament gathering place destroyed by flames

Cause of fire remains unknown, says Oyster River fire chief

The Salmon Point Restaurant and Pub lies smouldering while firefighters conduct clean up operations. The pub caught fire sometime before 5 a.m. on March 1. Photo by Curtis Papove
Kelly Kafka, the victim in a Feb. 28 hit-and-run in Campbell River, is shown in an undated photo posted to GoFundMe by Woss resident Don Baker.

Woss resident in medically-induced coma following hit-and-run in Campbell River

Friends of Kelly Kafka raising funds; police asking for witnesses to come forward

Kelly Kafka, the victim in a Feb. 28 hit-and-run in Campbell River, is shown in an undated photo posted to GoFundMe by Woss resident Don Baker.
A local family of five is asking for help in finding a rental unit amid Campbell River’s housing crisis. A 2018 report from the Strathcona Community Health Network said that rent in Campbell River increased by 42 per cent over the past decade, while the vacancy rate fell from seven per cent to 1.3 per cent. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

Island family struggles to find rental housing as eviction looms

Couple with three children facing homelessness amid ongoing housing crisis

A local family of five is asking for help in finding a rental unit amid Campbell River’s housing crisis. A 2018 report from the Strathcona Community Health Network said that rent in Campbell River increased by 42 per cent over the past decade, while the vacancy rate fell from seven per cent to 1.3 per cent. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
Fisheries minister Jonathan Wilkinson speaking in Vancouver on Feb. 16, 2019. Photo by Pacific Salmon Foundation                                Fisheries minister Jonathan Wilkinson speaking in Vancouver on Feb. 16, 2019. Photo by Pacific Salmon Foundation

Federal fisheries minister calls for precautionary approach to fish farming

Government still reviewing Federal Court’s decision on PRV – Wilkinson

Fisheries minister Jonathan Wilkinson speaking in Vancouver on Feb. 16, 2019. Photo by Pacific Salmon Foundation                                Fisheries minister Jonathan Wilkinson speaking in Vancouver on Feb. 16, 2019. Photo by Pacific Salmon Foundation
A DFO biologist at a fish farm in the Okisollo Channel, northeast of Quadra Island, on Oct. 31, 2018. File photo

Dissenter from group of scientific experts calls foul on DFO, says effects of fish farm virus ‘extremely uncertain’

Too much unknown about PRV’s effects on wild stocks, says John Werring

A DFO biologist at a fish farm in the Okisollo Channel, northeast of Quadra Island, on Oct. 31, 2018. File photo
A 2018 file photo shows a fish farm in the Clio Channel, northwest of Campbell River.

Virus found among Atlantic salmon ‘poses minimal risk’ to Fraser River sockeye – DFO

Findings released after judge overturns DFO policy allowing transfer of fish without PRV screening

A 2018 file photo shows a fish farm in the Clio Channel, northwest of Campbell River.
A 2018 file photo shows a fish farm in the Clio Channel, off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. A Federal Court ruling gives the federal government four months to review its policy on piscine orthoreovirus, or PRV.

Aquaculture industry critic welcomes Federal Court ruling on fish farms

Department of Fisheries and Oceans has four months to review policy on piscine orthoreovirus

A 2018 file photo shows a fish farm in the Clio Channel, off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island. A Federal Court ruling gives the federal government four months to review its policy on piscine orthoreovirus, or PRV.
A driver lost control of a Loblaws semi-trailer early Friday morning on the Inland Island Highway, and it ended up in a ditch. A photo shows workers dealing with the flipped rig. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Loblaws apologizes after flipped semi-trailer closes North Island highway

Crew worked for eight hours to transfer groceries from overturned rig

A driver lost control of a Loblaws semi-trailer early Friday morning on the Inland Island Highway, and it ended up in a ditch. A photo shows workers dealing with the flipped rig. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror
The former pulp and paper mill in Campbell River, shown in this Feb. 1 photo, was the site of an incident that exposed a worker to the risk of “serious injury or death,” according to a WorkSafeBC report. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Black Press

Demolition company ‘exposed worker to serious injury or death’ at former Island mill – WorkSafeBC

ABC Recycling failed to employ professional engineer before collapse, says report

The former pulp and paper mill in Campbell River, shown in this Feb. 1 photo, was the site of an incident that exposed a worker to the risk of “serious injury or death,” according to a WorkSafeBC report. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Black Press
Sylas Thompson, 11, on Tyee Spit after a chilly swim on Thursday. He’s planning a daily dip beginning Feb. 1 until he raises a total of $30,000 for the Grassroots Kind Hearts Society and the Campbell River Women’s Resource Centre. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

VIDEO: Brr! Island boy to plunge into icy waters daily for charity

Sylas Thompson, 11, following in the footsteps of uncle “Polar Bear” Jake Hebenton

Sylas Thompson, 11, on Tyee Spit after a chilly swim on Thursday. He’s planning a daily dip beginning Feb. 1 until he raises a total of $30,000 for the Grassroots Kind Hearts Society and the Campbell River Women’s Resource Centre. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
The Elk Falls pulp and paper mill site is shown here around the time it shut down. The mill was permanently closed in 2010. Black Press file photo

Collapsed floor traps worker at decommissioned North Island pulp mill

Man frees self, escapes injury, investigation underway at Elk Falls facility in Campbell River

The Elk Falls pulp and paper mill site is shown here around the time it shut down. The mill was permanently closed in 2010. Black Press file photo
Vancouver Island resident Rachel Bell snapped photos of this odd-looking fish – identified as a spotted ratfish – before pushing it into deeper water on Jan. 14 at Saratoga Beach, near Campbell River.

Ratfish generates social media buzz on Vancouver Island

Boneless, glowing creature a common bycatch, but it usually stays in deep waters – fish expert

Vancouver Island resident Rachel Bell snapped photos of this odd-looking fish – identified as a spotted ratfish – before pushing it into deeper water on Jan. 14 at Saratoga Beach, near Campbell River.
Cermaq provided this photo of its experimental fish farming system in the waters of northern Norway. The structure in the foreground uses a tarp-like barrier to enclose it from the marine environment, according to the company.

Experimental ‘closed-containment’ fish farm coming to Canadian waters, Cermaq says

Atlantic salmon ‘thriving’ in research facility in Norwegian Sea, says aquaculture company

Cermaq provided this photo of its experimental fish farming system in the waters of northern Norway. The structure in the foreground uses a tarp-like barrier to enclose it from the marine environment, according to the company.
Members of Campbell River Search and Rescue (CRSAR) help a small child whose raft was caught on the supports of a bridge on July 10, 2018. CRSAR reports that it responded to 54 calls last year. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror

Fatalities take their toll on volunteers as Search and Rescue calls climb

Campbell River Search and Rescue responded to nine fatalities in 2018 – and demand is increasing

Members of Campbell River Search and Rescue (CRSAR) help a small child whose raft was caught on the supports of a bridge on July 10, 2018. CRSAR reports that it responded to 54 calls last year. Photo by David Gordon Koch/Campbell River Mirror
The image of a five-year-old Iowa boy who died of cancer last year was used for a fundraising campaign in Campbell River.
The image of a five-year-old Iowa boy who died of cancer last year was used for a fundraising campaign in Campbell River.
A giant wave covered the vehicle deck of the Quadra Island-Campbell River ferry during a stormy crossing on Wednesday. Screengrab from video recorded by ferry passenger Bubba Muldoe

VIDEO: Giant wave covers vehicle deck of ferry

Passenger captures footage of choppy crossing on Wednesday

A giant wave covered the vehicle deck of the Quadra Island-Campbell River ferry during a stormy crossing on Wednesday. Screengrab from video recorded by ferry passenger Bubba Muldoe