B.C.’s last great herring fishery

 

While the British Columbia sport fishing sector braces for severe restrictions on fishing for chinook the DFO still allows a low-dollar value herring fishery that will mostly become animal feed.

Herring are the dominant forage fish in British Columbia waters — meaning they are the critical prey base, serving as an intermediary between plankton at one end and all the seabirds, chinook salmon, humpback whales (and much more) on the other.

The Georgia Strait is home to one of the few remaining industrial herring fisheries on the Pacific coast of North America. It’s now the frontline in a battle to protect this oft-overlooked species from becoming slurry to feed pets and farmed salmon.

LINK (via: The Narwhal)

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