RECENT NEWS


REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The Haida Fisheries Program is seeking expressions of interest for people wanting to participate in a PADI Open Water SCUBA Dive Course on Haida Gwaii.

The PADI Open water dive course will occur from (tentatively) August 5 – 9th, 2021 in Skidegate in front of K’aay Centre.

There will be 6 spots available. If you are interested in this training, please submit a cover letter and resume.

 PLEASE SEND YOUR SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION TO RICHARD SMITH BY FRIDAY, JULY 23 4:00 pm.

Haida Fisheries Program                                                                               
Attention: Richard Smith                              
272 Eagle Avenue
P.O. Box 87
Massett, Haida Gwaii
V0T 1M0
Fax: (250) 626-3309  
E-mail: Richard.Smith@haidanation.com


July 1, 2021

REQUEST FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

The Secretariat of the Haida Nation is seeking experienced gillnet skippers and vessels to fish for sockeye in July/early August.  

The fishers will pay for all costs of fishing, this includes the cost of fuel, oil, crew shares, food, boat maintenance repairs, boat and fishing supplies, gear maintenance and insurance.

Please send a letter with supporting documentation on what your cost will be (per fish, per pound etc), vessel information and fishing experience.

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:

 Expressions of interest must be received by the following date to be considered:

Friday, July 9, 2021 at 4:00 PM

 

Mail or fax applications to:

HFP – Skidegate

HFP – Massett

#1 Reservoir Road

272 Eagle Avenue

PO Box 98

P.O. Box 87

Skidegate, Haida Gwaii

Massett, Haida Gwaii

V0T 1S0

V0T 1M0

 

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 (250) 626-3309 (fax)

irene.bruce@haidanation.com

hfpm@haidanation.com

After the closing date, the CHN may select individuals and enter into contract arrangements without further public notices.


Massett Inlet Fishery

 

 Yakoun River, and Awun River will be
Closed
for the remainder of the season.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at the Massett office above

 

Committee Members are Marshall Russ, Chris Russ, Ron Russ, Tyler Bellis, John Hageman

Haida Fisheries Guardians are Rob Brown, Evan Edgars, Ben Penna, Dion Lewis

 

Haw’aa


June 18, 2021

NEWSFLASH

 BEACHES ARE OPEN

Effective immediately
The harvest prohibition for butter clams, razor clams and cockles is lifted in Subarea 1-5.
(Beaches from Wiah Point to Rose Spit)

If you have any questions or concerns, please call CHN Haida Fisheries, Gaw Tlagee Old Massett office 250.626.3302.


Massett Inlet Fishery

 

 Yakoun River will be opening the weekend of

June 18, 2021 at day break and close June 20, 2021 at 6:00 pm.

Following week to be announced.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please call us at the Massett office above.

Committee Members are Marshall Russ, Chris Russ, Ron Russ, Tyler Bellis, John Hageman

 

Haida Fisheries Guardians are Rob Brown, Evan Edgars, Ben Penna, Dion Lewis

HAAWA

 

Yakoun River 2021 Management

 

Physical distancing and wear your mask when you cannot safely distance yourselves.

  • Must have a Right to Access card from HFP (foodfish card)
  • Fishers must report catch numbers to Haida Guardians.
  • No drugs or alcohol at the landing or any other public area of the fishing ground
  • If under the influence of drugs or alcohol a Guardian and/or a committee member will pull your net and keep it for the remainder of that opening.
  • Non-Haida spouses must be accompanied by their Haida spouse or Haida family member while setting, tending, and retrieving nets
  • One net per boat
  • Maximum net size is 50 fathoms in length and 60 mesh deep
  • All nets and/or bladders should be clearly marked with fishers’ name and Right to Access number
  • Upstream boundary will be 6-mile bridge, no fishing above the bridge
  • No commercial fishing gear allowed within a 2 km radius from the mouth of the river during openings
  • Net must be tied up each evening by 10pm
  • No nets to be set before any openings, this includes setting nets with the lead-line and web tied to the cork line
  • No firearms to be discharged in the vicinity of fishing grounds
  • Fish only your net, do not take fish from other people’s nets
  • PFDs are to be put on at all times when on the boat or at within 10 feet of the riverbank.
  • No littering and take your own garbage with you
  • Nets must not block the complete width of the river. One end of the net must be opened at high water at all times.
  • 35 Sockeye per night per household or 105 total for the weekend opening’s. Someone from the household must be at the river in order to take fish home
  • If 105 sockeye are caught in one night then you will be done for the rest of the rivers opening’s for your household.
  • Make sure all fire are out before you leave the fishing grounds.

 

Please be advised that snagging of sockeye and fishing during closed periods is prohibited.  Haida Fisheries staff will be conducting patrols of the River to check for compliance during 2021.


Copper River / Skidegate Inlet and Mathers Creek (Church Creek) Closed for the Season

 

(Summary of the run to June 14, 2021):

 

Escapement past the fence:                                                                      13,363
Net Fisheries:                                                                                               ~1,800
Fence Harvest (Community Events):                                                             168
Estimated return to date:                                                                           15,331

 

THE COPPER RIVER IS CLOSED FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON.

This closure also includes Skidegate Inlet and Church Creek.

We will do a few more fence counts and try to get fish for community events.