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Nuu-chah-nulth Lose Bid to Stop Commercial Fishing of Dwindling Herring Stocks

Herring caught by commercial fishing boat.

Herring caught by commercial fishing boat.

David Wiwchar, Indian Country Today, March 3, 2015

A plan to stop the commercial herring fishery off the west coast of Vancouver Island this year has failed.

Five Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations had appealed to a federal court to stop the fishery because they believe the stocks are in danger of collapse. Nuu-chah-nulth biologists, elders and commercial fishermen told the court that herring stocks have been low for the past decade, and requests for a fishing moratorium made to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has fallen on deaf ears.

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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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