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An Open Letter to B.C. Commercial Herring Fishermen regarding 2015 season:

January 6, 2015

In mid-December the Minister of Fisheries made the decision to open the west coast of Vancouver Island (WCVI) to commercial roe and spawn-on-kelp herring fisheries in 2015. Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations oppose this decision and recommend that B.C. commercial herring fishermen do not select the WCVI as their seine or gillnet fishing area for 2015.

Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations were successful in 2014 in obtaining an injunction prohibiting DFO from opening the WCVI commercial herring fisheries. The 2014 Federal Court decision contemplates that Nuu-chah-nulth Nations might have to reapply for an injunction if similar concerns persist in 2015. Unfortunately, the Minister’s decision to open the WCVI in 2015 is leading Nuu-chah-nulth Nations back to seeking an injunction against the 2015 commercial fishery; legal counsel has been instructed to prepare an application to the Federal Court. In 2014, commercial herring fishermen that chose the WCVI area were not allowed to fish.

Nuu-chah-nulth fishermen and community members remain concerned that WCVI herring stocks are not sufficiently rebuilt to allow commercial fishing. The DFO contracted WCVI spawn assessment observed less than 15,000 tons of adult herring spawn in 2014. In contrast, the DFO herring assessment model indicates that the 2014 spawn was twice that observed by the assessment divers. Nuu-chah-nulth fishermen and community members set trees and boughs in all known spawning locations in 2014 to collect spawn on bough for home use. All WCVI areas reported either no spawn on trees or very few layers of eggs, indicating very low herring abundance in 2014, corresponding with the dive spawn assessment of about 15,000 tons.

All four WCVI Nuu-chah-nulth commercial “J” spawn-on-kelp licences will not be operating in 2015 due to these on-going WCVI abundance concerns. Nuu-chah-nulth Nations request that B.C. commercial seine and gillnet herring fishermen choose to fish abundant herring stocks in the Strait of Georgia or Prince Rupert, where stocks remain strong. Again, Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations recommend that B.C commercial herring fishermen do not select the WCVI as their seine or gillnet fishing area for 2015.

On behalf of the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations,
Debra Foxcroft, OBC, President
Ken Watts, Vice-President

http://www.hashilthsa.com/news/2015-01-06/open-letter-bc-commercial-herring-fishermen-regarding-2015-season
 

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Support from United Fisherman and Allied Workers Union on herring fishery

January 8, 2015

An open letter to the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council and BC commercial herring fishermen:

In support of the Nuu‐chah‐nulth Tribal Council request dated Jan 5, 2015, the United Fisherman and Allied Workers Union – Unifor recommends to all BC commercial herring fishermen that they do not select WCVI as their seine or gillnet area for upcoming 2015 herring season. The decision to support this request was not taken lightly and based on four factors: independent science review of the herring stocks in the WCVI region; our own fishermen’s assessment of the state of these WCVI stocks; respect for local First Nations insights; and willingness to build a collaborative understanding of the state of these herring in our shared ecosystem.

http://www.hashilthsa.com/news/2015-01-08/support-united-fisherman-and-allied-workers-union-herring-fishery
 

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I know this is going to sound negative (and I do applaud the UFAWU for their stand), but there is no money in that fishery for the UFAWU anyways so its not much more than p.r. Now lets see the UFAWU support a reduction (not closure) of the Georgia strait fishery instead of a doubling of the quota last year..........???
 

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Spawning mullet.jpg Happening all over the world. These are spawning mullet netted a couple of days ago in Sennen about two miles from where I used to live in Cornwall. It makes absolutely no sense to me to net spawning fish. You may as well cut your own throat......
 

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Thanks for carrying the torch Nog.
So disheartening to watch the criminals destroy our great country.
The only way to describe my feelings about our federal government's decisions about west coast fishery is the word "Rage". It is actually a whole lot of things, not just the fishery. I will do my part in the next election!
 

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When a government body goes to this extreme in order to keep a fishery open, you KNOW that monies are changing hands.......... Government is supposed to have no vested interest in ANY fishery. Collusion, deceit and trickery in order to satisfy a few clearly shows a wanton desire to benefit from this fishery PERSONALLY.
 

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When a government body goes to this extreme in order to keep a fishery open, you KNOW that monies are changing hands.......... Government is supposed to have no vested interest in ANY fishery. Collusion, deceit and trickery in order to satisfy a few clearly shows a wanton desire to benefit from this fishery PERSONALLY.

Its starting to become pretty obvious that the herring are not being used for Roe. There is little demand for Roe in Japan. The herring is being ground up and used to feed the salmon in the farms. Would be interesting to know who is buying this fish...
 
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