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RCMP descend on Heiltsuk community to “keep the peace” in herring fishery row

Three RCMP boats parked at docks in Bella Bella, 'BC.' as part of their operation against Heiltsuk, March 2014.

Several RCMP boats parked at docks in Bella Bella, ‘BC.’ as part of their operation against Heiltsuk, March 2014.

By Larry Pynn, Vancouver Sun, March 29, 2014

The federal government has chosen a remote stretch of B.C. coastline to square off against aboriginals in a fight over an imminent commercial roe-herring fishery.

Federal fisheries minister Gail Shea is being blamed for an escalating conflict over a forthcoming commercial gillnet fishery that has resulted in RCMP descending on B.C.’s central coast to guard against potential interference by Heiltsuk natives.

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DFO ‘fudging the numbers,’ court finds; bars commercial fishery off Vancouver Island

A Tlingit in Alaska gathering Herring roe,.

A Tlingit in Alaska gathering Herring roe.

Zoe Tennant, The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2014

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