Last year anger and occupation of DFO offices. Now, it’s a new year and a new government – and a new accord.
The Heiltsuk First Nation, and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced Monday morning the two groups have worked out a deal to co-manage the Pacific Herring Fishery.
As part of the 2016 Herring Management Plan, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has agreed to provide more accurate predictions of the central coast herring run.
Harvesting rates for the run will also be lowered, and the sac roe fishery will be closed along Spiller Channel, which is the most culturally and ecologically important spawning grounds in the region.
Also, in recognizing Heiltsuk First Nation rights, its members will be on DFO boats during the fishery to act as observers.