Court stops herring fishery off Vancouver Island

  • Mar. 3, 2014 6:00 p.m.

The Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, from the west coast of Vancouver Island, won a court injunction last week, preventing DFO from opening herring fisheries in its waters, after a document revealed the Fisheries Minister ignored scientific recommendations that the fishery remain closed there and in two other areas, including Haida Gwaii.”In a memorandum addressed to the minister on Dec. 9, 2013, DFO scientists recommend maintaining the closure of the areas around the west coast of Vancouver Island, the central coast and Haida Gwaii for the 2014 fishing season,” reported The Tyee last Saturday (Feb. 22).Even so, after a 12 year hiatus, Minister Gail Shea planned reopening commercial herring roe fisheries this year in all three areas, with a harvest rate of 10 per cent.”Minister Shea has taken this action against our specific recommendations not to fish herring in 2014. Just when the herring stocks in our territory were starting to rebuild, Minister Shea has proposed significant commercial fisheries that might wipe out the rebuilding that is underway,” CHN president Peter Lantin told the protocol meeting in Sandspit last month.The DFO document was integral in the court case victory, reported The Tyee. The injunction stops DFO from allowing a fishery in the waters on Vancouver Island’s west coast.In February, the Haida, Heiltsuk and Nuu-chah-nulth nations united in opposition to re-opening herring fisheries in their waters for the 2014 season. It is uncertain how this decision will effect the proposed herring fishery in Haida Gwaii waters, as DFO is refusing comment.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Carsen Gray set to launch first children’s book co-created with her mother

Gray and mom Lynn Hughan launch ‘Twelve Months of Fun on Haida Gwaii with Mattie and Jojo’ on July 23

Federal government urged to protect rare moss clinging to life on Moresby Island cliff

Scientists say small patch of slender yoke-moss struggling to survive on square metre of limestone

Southern section of QC Main temporarily closing this month

QC Main (South) will be closed to all traffic at about 5 kilometres from July 21 to 28

From the archives of the Haida Gwaii Observer

50 YEARS AGO (1970): Nine of 12 entries in the Beach Buggy… Continue reading

BC Ferries reopens limited hot food service between Haida Gwaii, Prince Rupert

Release on July 8 says hot food will be served in packaging

VIDEO: Masset Dance Troupe presents beachfront ‘promenade performance’

Troupe performed ‘A Mid Summer Day’s Dream’ for family, friends on July 4 and 5

Windows broken, racist graffiti left on Okanagan home

Family says nothing like this has happened since they moved to Summerland in 1980s

B.C. man who went by ‘Doctor Ray Gaglardi’ charged with sex assault of teenage boys

The man, 75, is accused of assaulting teenage boys he met through Coquitlam-area churches

B.C.’s potential deficit $12.5 billion as spending spikes, taxes drop

Finance Minister Carole James gives COVID-19 outlook

Canadians torn on scaling back COVID-19 benefits to save money: poll

Of those surveyed, 78 per cent said they were worried about the size of the deficit

‘Trauma equals addiction’: Why some seek solace in illicit drugs

Part 2: Many pushed into addiction by ‘toxic stress,’ says White Rock psychologist

Hotel rooms for B.C. homeless too hasty, NDP government told

Businesses forced out, but crime goes down, minister says

Wage subsidy will be extended until December amid post-COVID reopening: Trudeau

Trudeau said the extension will ‘give greater certainty and support to businesses’

B.C. government prepares for COVID-19 economic recovery efforts

New measures after July consultation, Carole James says

Most Read