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DFO continues herring fishery despite Heiltsuk Nation protests

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans is continuing the herring fishery off the central coast despite the objections of the Heiltsuk Nation.

A meeting yesterday between the Heiltsuk Nation and the DFO failed to reach an agreement on the gillnet herring fishery.

Carrie Humchitt, is a board member as well as the SOK Logistics and Legal Services Coordinator for the Gladstone Reconciliation Society, with the Heiltsuk Nation.

She says any working relationship her nation had with the DFO has been ruined.

Humchitt says that DFO is keeping quiet about where and when the gillnet fishery will start.

She says the Heiltsuk Nation tried to negotiate with the commercial fishers, but they weren’t able to come to an agreement.

Like the Haida Nation who were able to get a court injunction against the opening of the herring fishery off their waters, the Heiltsuk may resort to court action.

Humchitt has one final message for the commercial fishers.

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