Heiltsuk celebrate as herring gillnet boats leave central coast empty – validating concerns over health of stocks
"We did it!" Heiltsuk Chief Marilyn Slett declared as the herring gillnet fleet was leaving the central coast empty - following a heated standoff with DFO over the fishery.
DFO confirmed to the Heiltsuk Nation today that it will not close a herring gillnet fishery in Area 7, despite harsh criticism of its flawed forecasting methods.
Heiltsuk Nation community members are now occupying DFO's central coast offices in advance of an expected herring gillnet fishery, as physical confrontation looms on the herring grounds.
The Heiltsuk Nation is vowing to stop DFO's opening of a gillnet fishery amid threatened herring stocks in Area 7 by "any means necessary".
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The Heiltsuk First Nation has told DFO that it will close a planned commercial herring fishery on the central coat this year.
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