News Category: Stewardship

Metlakatla Aquatic Resources invites Metlakatla fishers to apply for the 2019 ATP communal commercial licenses. If you are interested in leasing one of these licenses, please complete the application attached above, and drop the application off in person or email to dbuerk@metlakatla.ca or wbeynon@metlakatla.ca.

Metlakatla Aquatic Resources (MAR) is now accepting halibut as part of the 2018 food fish distribution program.  Any fishers interested in participating this year should review the rules and regulations in this document, and leave a signed and completed copy with MAR staff.  Any band members interested in receiving halibut, please ensure that the band office has your up-to-date contact information.

Metlakatla Aquatic Resources would like to remind fishermen that the ATP salmon seine and gillnet licenses will be leased out next month.  If a band member is interested in leasing one of these licenses, please complete the application found here. More information and requirements for the program can be found here.

Metlakatla Aquatics Resources (formerly Metlakatla Fisheries) would like to inform the membership that there have been large schools of herring, and several sites of herring spawn observed outside of the community. Members are advised to set their branches and boughs in the sites soon if they would like to harvest roe.

Sites are as follows:

Active spawn observed around Pearl Harbour Island group with an estimated length of 2.4 nm. Spot spawn on Flat top Island, Mist Island, along the western shore of Burnt Cliff and South Island.

The Metlakatla Stewardship Society is hosting a community information meeting at the Highliner Inn on Wednesday, December 13. All interested in attending are asked to contact Patty Sankey at the phone number or email address listed on the attached poster.

Click here for more information on the Metlakatla Fisheries Department's 2018 Communal Allocation Transfer Program and click here to download the application form for participation in the program.

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.

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