News Category: Stewardship

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

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 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 

Prince Rupert
In the North Coast Convention Centre (bottom of Chances) at 6:00 p.m - 8:30 p.m