A school of herring. (Dagur Brynjolfsson/Flickr)

Rally planned in Qualicum Beach in support of herring

Event set for Sunday, March 1 on waterfront

Organizers from Herring Aid have come together to plan a Sunday rally in Qualicum Beach, in support of the protection of Pacific herring.

One Pacific herring fishery remains on the west coast of British Columbia. In December 2019, PacificWild sent a request to suspend the fishery.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has given the green light to fish the Pacific herring fishery.

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“I fully support the call by 53Vancouver Island municipalities and the Islands Trust in their resolutions for a suspension of the Salish Sea herring fishery in keeping with the importance of applying a precautionary approach until the stocks have had a chance to rebuild. Further, I urge the government to provide meaningful financial compensation to local fishers affected,” said Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns in a January 2020 press release.

The rally will be on Sunday, March 1 between noon and 3 p.m. on the Qualicum Beach waterfront near the former Beach Hut site. Displays and information about herring in the Salish Sea ecosystem will be on-site.

cloe.logan@pqbnews.com

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