Scientific herring research catches up to Haida marine knowledge

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

By Molly Clarkson for the Council of the Haida Nation Newsletter

It seems like everyone is talking about linang herring these days. After an intense month negotiating the closure of the herring roe fishery in Haida waters, this spring saw large numbers of herring returning to spawn. Haida Fisheries project manager Brad Setso reports that the k’aaw in Skidegate Inlet has been the best it has been in a few years, and this season many families have been enjoying this traditional food. But there is still a lot of uncertainty about next year’s fishery: CHNs negotiations with the Herring Industry Advisory Board (HIAB) were only for the 2014 season and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has not made any statements regarding its plans for 2015.

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