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Leaders of the Council of Haida Nation, the Heiltsuk Tribal Council, and the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council have united to express their opposition to proposed commercial roe herring fisheries in their territories of Haida Gwaii, the central coast, and the west coast of Vancouver Island.

“The Federal Minister of Fisheries, Gail Shea, has made a serious mistake in proposing to open commercial herring fisheries in our territories,” said Peter Lantin, President of the Haida Nation.  “Minister Shea has taken this action against our specific recommendations not to fish herring in 2014.  Just when the herring stocks in our territories were starting to rebuild, Minister Shea has proposed significant commercial fisheries that might wipe out the rebuilding that is underway.”

Read the full press release.