Lack of fish forces Bella Coola Valley Seafoods to close its door

“There’s no fish,” says Ed. “How are you going to run a business with only four or five openings a year?” The Central Coast commercial gill net fishery opened in June for Spring salmon. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans was anticipating a very poor Chum season again this year, for the third year in a row, and no commercial gillnet fishing openings were made available for Chum. “On July 5 we had our last opening for Spring salmon. After that it was completely shut down for us to gillnet,” says Ed. “The gillnet fishers were really shocked because the decision to close the fishery came from Ottawa and not from local DFO officials.” 4 photos,  >click to read< 15:03

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