Note: This story was reprinted from Hakai Magazine and can be found in its entirety at https://www.hakaimagazine.com/features/guardians-coast.
By Shanna Baker
For the 2017 salmon fishing season, the Skeena First Nations Technical Committee has recommended that all fisheries targeting Skeena sockeye are closed, due to poor forecasted returns. In light of expected low returns of Skeena sockeye in 2017, committee members have collaborated with each other to develop fishing plans for the 2017 Skeena salmon season.
The committee has come to general agreement on tec...hnical recommendations about how First Nations’ Section 35(1) access to Skeena salmon fisheries can be met and prioritized, second to conservation.
The Metlakatla Fisheries Department will be hosting a food fish meeting on Tuesday, May 16 at the Nisga'a Hall in Prince Rupert from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to discuss the upcoming salmon season and the food fish distribution program. Dinner will be provided.
The BC Environmental Assessment Office will be hosting an Open House for the Aurora LNG project on Digby Island on February 8th at the Moose Hall (745 1st Avenue West, Prince Rupert) from 4:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m.
The Metlakatla Stewardship Society is accepting applications from Metlakatla members to sit on the Cumulative Effect Management (CEM) Working Group.
This is a reminder to all Metlakatla members that there will be a two-day forum on January 13 and 14 at the North Coast Convention Centre to discuss the formation of a Metlakatla Culture and Heritage program. More information can be found on the poster below.
Anyone interested in attending is asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
Metlakatla Stewardship Society will be having a meeting with an update on the Aurora LNG Environmental Assessment on Digby Island. There will also be a meal, presentation, and a question and answer period for either the Aurora or Metlakatla Stewardship Staff.
The meeting is on Thursday, November 24, 2016.
In the Community Hall at 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m
In the North Coast Convention Centre (bottom of Chances) at 6:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m
Under agreement with the Metlakatla Band Council, Fisheries and Oceans Canada is opening portions of Area 4 for food, social and ceremonial harvesting of cockles (Clinocardium nuttallii) and Butter Clams (Saxidomus igantea) for the Metlakatla First Nation only. Recent acceptable biotoxin monitoring results permit this opening.
Metlakatla Fisheries would like to designate one or two fisherman to participate in a potential economic demonstration fishery on Sunday, August 21.
Candidates must have their Fisher's Registration Card (FRC) in order to participate, the vessel can be a commercial or non-commercial FV. The vessel must be equipped with a revival box for non-allocated species.
The online link for the annual Metlakatla Member Census is now online.
Members 15 and over and living in the traditional territory are encouraged to complete the Census at their convenience between now and August 26, with everyone completing a census form entered to win a number of prizes.
The complete Census can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MMC_2016