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Heiltsuk First Nation says commercial herring fishery violated constitutional rights

A fishing boat pulls in a net full of herring on the Central Coast of B.C. (Heiltsuk First Nation)

A fishing boat pulls in a net full of herring on the Central Coast of B.C. (Heiltsuk First Nation)

Heiltsuk claim Fisheries and Ocean Canada’s method of measuring herring stocks is flawed

CBC News, March 23, 2015

The Heiltsuk First Nation on B.C.’s Central Coast says when Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) opened a herring fishery on Sunday afternoon it violated the band’s constitutional rights.

According to a statement released by the Heiltsuk, just before 5 p.m. PT, the federal department opened the herring sac roe seine fishery in Spiller Channel, despite the First Nation’s demands the commercial fishery remain closed this year to preserve herring stocks. Read the rest of this entry

Haida Nation win injunction against commercial fishery on Haida Gwaii

A fishing boat is capsized and nearly sinks after herring caught in net sounded (swam to the bottom), in Sitka, Alaska, April 2011.

A fishing boat is capsized and nearly sinks after herring caught in the seine net sounded (swam to the bottom), in Sitka, Alaska, April 2011.

A federal court has ruled that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans cannot open a fishery in Haida Gwaii this year.

An injunction was given to the Haida Nation, against the federal government, to prevent the re-opening of a commercial herring fishery on the nation’s north coast.

“This win is another step to building herring stocks, and in doing so, contributes to an economy that will provide a reasonable living for our people, and the path of reconciliation with Canada,” said Haida Nation President Peter Lantin in a statement. Read the rest of this entry