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No agreement with Heiltsuk Nation and DFO

Talks between the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Heiltsuk Nation have failed to produce an agreement on the herring fishery.

Sue Faringer, DFO Regional Director General says she doesn’t have the power to unilaterally close Area 7.

Area 7 is the fishing area the Heiltsuk Nation want closed to commercial herring fishers.

Kelly Brown is the Heiltsuk Resource Stewardship Director.

He says DFO isn’t doing enough.

Marilyn Slett, Chief Councillor for the Heiltsuk Tribal Council, says that if DFO doesn’t have the authority to shut down the herring fishery, then the Heiltsuk Nation does, and will.

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