The untold story behind one of the most heated standoffs over fish which the BC coast has ever witnessed – the recent clash between DFO and the Heiltsuk Nation over the central coast herring fishery.
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.
Progress on herring standoff but Area 7 gillnet opening remains contentious issue; talks continue today
DFO and Heiltsuk leaders met Monday at the central coast fisheries office currently occupied by the nation. Despite progress, the conflict over a planned herring gillnet opening is the subject of further talks today.
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".
A delegation of Heiltsuk First Nations is taking the community's concerns over a recent herring fishery in their territory to the Jimmy Pattison-owned Canfisco plant in Vancouver.
DFO angered the Heiltsuk First Nation on BC's central coast by opening a commercial herring fishery last night - despite concerns over unhealthy stocks.
The Heiltsuk First Nation has told DFO that it will close a planned commercial herring fishery on the central coat this year.
A pair of new salmon farms proposed for BC's coast by Norwegian aquaculture giant Grieg Seafood met with strong public opposition at a recent open house.