Haida Nation wins injunction against commercial fishery on Haida Gwaii
Federal Court judge rules risk of "irreparable harm" if commercial fishery allowed to operate
A First Nation in Haida Gwaii, B.C., says it has won an injunction to block a planned herring roe fishery on its territory.
The Haida Nation says a Federal Court judge found there is a risk of "irreparable harm" if a large commercial fishery is allowed to open in the community on the north coast.
The nation says the ruling acknowledged Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a "heightened duty" to accommodate the Haida, given their constitutional rights and environmental concerns.
Nation president Peter Lantin says the win is a step toward rebuilding herring stocks, and he hopes Fisheries and Oceans will start working with the nation to develop sustainable fisheries.
A year ago, the Haida joined two other First Nations to oppose a plan to open a commercial herring fishery that had been closed on Vancouver Island since 2006.
Last March, a Federal Court judge granted an injunction stopping the opening, saying the fisheries minister went against the advice of scientists in her own department.