Central Coast Herring Fishery Protested

A commercial fishing boat begins harvesting herring off the central coast of B.C. on March 22, 2015. (Courtesy Pacific Wild)

First Nations along BC’s Central Coast are protesting the commercial opening of the herring fishery due to concerns about the health and sustainability of the stocks. The Heiltsuk First Nation are concerned that this past weekend’s seine opening, which caught 680 tonnes of herring, will be detrimental to the recovery of herring stocks. The Heiltsuk themselves decided not to use their own commercial licenses this year because of the small size of the run. Further protests are planned in case of a gill net opening.

Read the full story in the Globe and Mail.

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