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Haida win court injunction against herring fishery

The Haida Nation has won an injunction to block the commercial roe herring fishery

A Federal Court judge ruled Friday that there is a risk of “irreparable harm” if the fishery was allowed to go ahead off Haida Gwaii.

Haida Nation President Peter Lantin says the court victory is another step to building herring stocks and says he hopes it will mean the Department of Fisheries and Oceans will start working with the Haida to develop sustainable fisheries.

In March of 2014, the Haida, Heiltsuk, and Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations won an injunction stopping the roe herring fishery off Vancouver Island when a Federal Court ruled the fisheries minister went against the advice of department scientists.

The Nuu-chah-nulth recently failed to get an injunction to prevent the herring fishery in its territory this year.

The Heiltsuk Nation says tensions are rising as its watchmen monitor local waters for early signs of a herring spawn.

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