DFO shuts down herring row fishery, citing First Nations reconciliation
by Randy Shore, Vancouver Sun, March 3, 2018
Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has agreed to cancel this year’s commercial roe herring fishery on B.C.’s central coast, citing the federal government’s commitment to reconciliation with First Nations. Read the rest of this entry
Heiltsuk First Nation says commercial herring fishery violated constitutional rights
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
DFO backs down from commercial fishery banned by Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nation
A coastal British Columbia First Nation is claiming a partial victory after federal Fisheries and Oceans officials agreed to keep commercial herring gillnet boats away from waters set off-limits by the community.
Tensions rise as Heiltsuk demand Central Coast herring fishery be called off
MARK HUME, The Globe and Mail, April 1, 2014
Tensions are rising on a remote stretch of British Columbia’s Central Coast, where a commercial herring fleet is gathering to fish in an area long closed because of conservation concerns.
Federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea overruled her own staff recently in deciding to allow fishing this spring, but as the opening approaches, First Nations are increasingly demanding that the fishery be called off.