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Heiltsuk Nation closes commercial herring roe fishery

The Heiltsuk Nation on BC’s Central Coast says it is closing a commercial herring roe fishery in its territory as it undertakes it own analysis of fish stocks.

The First Nation is the latest of a number of aboriginal groups to condemn commercial herring harvests with concerns that the stocks are weakened and must rebuild.

It says it has notified the federal government that it will not allow the fishery to open this year as it works with a team of experts to measure herring returns.

The Heiltsuk Nation is establishing its own measure because of what it calls “flawed methods” of forecasting herring returns from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

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