Gitxsan Chiefs Extend Fishing Ban to 2020 Season

John Crawford

The Gitxsan Chiefs say they're extending their closure of all recreational fishing within their traditional territories this year to also cover the 2020 season.


At a news conference this afternoon at the Best Western Hotel in Terrace, the Chiefs, and their Crisis Management Team, said the closure that they announced back in May for this year, is being extended -- since they feel the Department of Fisheries and Oceans is mismanaging the Skeena River fishery.

The Chiefs said the DFO has announced temporary closures -- but that's simply putting a band-aid on the problem.

Brian Williams, who chairs the Up-River Chiefs, says the impacts of development along the rivers, such as highways, railways, agriculture, mines and clear-cut logging, have added to the pressures facing the fishery, causing a decline in stocks over the past century.

The chiefs say they require more meaningful participation from the federal and B-C government in Crisis Management meetings. 

They are also encouraging the Sports Fishing Advisory Council to participate in the process. 

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