"POOR MAN'S NEEDLEFISH"
Hook: Eagle Claw L67 or L1197N
BELLA BELLA, B.C. – A First Nation in British Columbia is vowing to disrupt a contentious herring fishery if commercial boats return to the Central Coast and drop their nets.
The Heiltsuk Tribal Council threatened last week it would not allow the fishery to open this year because it found stocks were too weak and need time to rebuild.
But on Sunday, the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans opened a herring-roe seine fishery in Spiller Channel, near the community of Bella Bella, prompting an angry response from the band.
Heiltsuk Coun. Reg Moody declared the band will intervene if it discovers boats returning to the area. He also requested that federal Fisheries Minister Gail Shea visit to see what his First Nation is facing.
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