Posted by: tungsten
This is a heated topic where I come from. A lot of the locals make a living this way and they can't accept that change is coming. I used to gillnet herring every year around now back in the '90s. IMO, it's an ugly fishery but I have said it before with the salmon, it is too simplistic to only focus on fishing as the reason herring have declined over the years. They spawn in the shallow waters near shore, so onshore activity plays a big role in how well the eggs do. Water temperature also can severely harm the number of eggs hatching. This particular fishery gets the attention that it does mainly because of where they do it. On the beaches of Denman and Hornby.
I think they should have banned the seine fishery years ago. They scoop up a lot of the herring while they are still milling around and haven't started spawning and they don't provide many jobs for the amount they take. The problem is that is where the strong lobby is because Pattison owns a bunch of the seine licenses.