A BC First Nation has reached a breakthrough with the DFO over management of the 2016 Central Coast Herring Fishery.
The Heiltsuk Tribal Council says the jointly developed plan contains four major improvements and provides for a new working relationship with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
The Heiltsuk Nation news release says the key improvements include:
It’s a much different situation than 2015, when federal management of herring stocks resulted in the peaceful occupation of DFO offices by Heiltsuk members last March.
“On behalf of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council, I applaud DFO staff for successfully establishing the foundation for a nation-to-nation relationship with our people,” said Heiltsuk Chief Marilyn Slett. “We look forward to building this relationship as we continue to uphold our responsibility as Heiltsuk to protect our lands, waters, and resources.”
Slett says the herring management plan sets the stage for future co-management of resource with the federal government.
DFO is expected to release the draft 2015-2016 Integrated Fisheries Management Plan for herring in the coming days.