Haida Nation win injunction against commercial fishery on Haida Gwaii

Yay!

Warrior Publications

A fishing boat is capsized and nearly sinks after herring caught in net sounded (swam to the bottom), in Sitka, Alaska, April 2011. A fishing boat is capsized and nearly sinks after herring caught in the seine net sounded (swam to the bottom), in Sitka, Alaska, April 2011.

A federal court has ruled that the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans cannot open a fishery in Haida Gwaii this year.

An injunction was given to the Haida Nation, against the federal government, to prevent the re-opening of a commercial herring fishery on the nation’s north coast.

“This win is another step to building herring stocks, and in doing so, contributes to an economy that will provide a reasonable living for our people, and the path of reconciliation with Canada,” said Haida Nation President Peter Lantin in a statement.

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