Tag: Herring

A herring seiner capturing thousands of herring in a set

Conservation win: herring roe fishery suspended

After years of difficulties with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), our Nations won a major victory this spring when DFO agreed to suspend the 2018 commercial herring roe fishery across the Central Coast. Central Coast herring populations have seen major declines from industrial fishing practices. The Heiltsuk and Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Nations have each taken their own

Herring milt making water cloudy around an island

CCIRA’s herring research

This video highlights the herring research being done by CCIRA in collaboration with Simon Fraser University. This work is providing new information to help protect a resource that is a critical part of First Nations’ culture and and coastal ecosystems.

Seine boat on the central coast.

Trust: A fundamental step towards collaborative fisheries management

Last year our Nations had some major challenges with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) with respect to the management of crab and herring. This is nothing new. In our attempts to protect the resources in our territories, our Nations have often gone head-to-head with DFO. We’ve had to.

A school of herring on the BC coast

Spring is herring season

Herring are a critical part of coastal ecosystems and the lives of coastal First Nations. The herring fishery has also been a source of controversy on the central coast. But one thing everybody can agree on is that herring are amazing. This beautiful film from the Hakai Institute says it all…

Kitasoo Xai/Xais Heritage Database illustration

Kitasoo/Xai’Xais Heritage Database: bringing wisdom and stories home

Over the last two years an information-gathering project has taken place in Kitasoo/Xai’Xais territory. As part of the Indigenous Law Project, community researchers unearthed over 2000 items of cultural and scientific significance to the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais people, including historic photographs…

Markus Thompson dives with tanks to survey herring spawn.

New Hope for Herring

Over the past two years the herring fishery on the central coast has been a source of controversy. Disagreements between our Nations and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) have led to peaceful but persistent conflicts…

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