Sockeye and Halibut Update for 2017

We are not expecting any sockeye allocation this year. To allow the fish to move up the river to spawn, no sector will fish sockeye this year. Our Treaty rights to sockeye are second only to conservation – however the Somass run is expected to be only 170,000, for there to be any fishing, there needs to be a minimum of 200,000.

There will be no commercial or recreational fishing of sockeye for 2017.

What does that mean for sport fishermen? – They cannot harvest sockeye.

What does that mean for Huu-ay-aht harvesters fishing for personal use? – They cannot harvest sockeye.

Even though our Nation is committed to supporting sockeye conservation this year, the Lands and Resources team will strive to deliver a smooth distribution for the Food Fish program that puts other fish on citizen’s plates. Please ensure your contact information is up to date. This can be done online at https://huuayaht.org/change-of-address-form/ .

Halibut Food Fish Update

 Halibut contracts are in place now. Once distributions dates are set, we will post a notice online and also make phone calls. Please update your phone number and address as soon as possible if you have recently moved or if you are moving for the summer.

Listen to your Elders about “The Heart of the People”!

This is the first part of the documentary “The Heart of the People”.  A unique opportunity to listen to Elders who are no longer with us, but speak about the Sarita River from the bottom of their tiičma (heart):

  • Willie Sport – cultural historian, fisher and trapper.
  • Lizzie Happynook – weaver whose pieces are exhibited at the Alberni Valley Museum.
  • Peter Joe – boat builder and former resident of the area.
  • Annie Clappis – member of the Huu-ay-aht Community Language Speakers.

You can also understand the history around the Specific Claims Tribunal of the Huu-ay-aht
First Nations regarding the value of the compensation Canada owes the Nation as a result of the way timber on former Numukamis IR1 was sold to MacMillan Bloedel in the 1940s. Forester Consultant Herb Hammond talks about how, in his opinion, the hemlock looper was used at that time as an excuse to log indiscriminately.

 

High wind and heavy rain warning for Wednesday evening and Thursday morning

Amelia Vos, Environmental Technician, shared this weather report. Heads up to everyone working in the field, crossing harbour or driving on the Bamfield road. High wind and heavy rain are expected later today. Look out for your neighbours and prepare for severe weather and potential power outage. For any questions about the Huu-ay-aht emergency preparedness plan, please contact Amelia via email (amelia.v@huuayaht.org) or phone 250.728.3414 ext.119

Weather Event Impacts:
Potential for tree damage, power outages, and localized urban flooding.

Weather Event Estimated Start Time and Duration:
Wednesday evening into early Thursday morning.

Description:
After today’s run-of the-mill low pressure system, a deeper more intense storm system will approach the west side of Vancouver Island Wednesday afternoon. Strong winds and moderate precipitation is expected over the South Coast beginning late afternoon Wednesday into the early morning hours of Thursday.

  • The strongest winds are expected along the west side of Vancouver Island.

 

  • Southeast winds up to 80km/h are forecast for the west side of Vancouver Island including Tofino and Bamfield.

 

  • A strong wind warning might be issued for the west side if the current forecast holds. Hurricane-force wind warnings will likely be issued for the West Coast Vancouver Island South marine forecast region.

 

  • Total rainfall amounts of 50-80mm are expected along the west side of Vancouver Island, the North Shore Mountains and the Sea-to-Sky corridor.

 

  • The freezing level will rise from 900m to 1500m with the approach of the storm so most of the precipitation will fall as rain for elevations below 1500m.

 

  • Strong winds are also expected to spread into the Georgia Strait Wednesday night.

 

  • Additional wind warnings and rainfall warnings may be issued as the make-up of the storm becomes more certain.

 

Confidence Level:

Moderate – Weather models have had particular difficulty with the intensity and path of recent storms. There is relatively good agreement among the various models for the strong winds and moderate rainfall amounts. As always, forecast certainty will increase with the approaching storm. Please monitor the latest forecasts and warnings as they will change.

Recommendations:
Prepare for potential power outages. Ensure culverts and storm drains are free of debris. Monitor forecasts and alerts for updates.

For updates and alerts:
Environment Canada Forecasts: www.weather.gc.ca/forecast/canada/index_e.html

Environment Canada Alerts: www.weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html

Marine Forecasts & Warnings: http://weather.gc.ca/marine/region_e.html?mapID=03

BC River Forecast Centre Flood Warnings & Advisories: http://bcrfc.env.gov.bc.ca/warnings/index.htm

Environment Canada Weather Blog: www.avalanche.ca/weather<http://www.avalanche.ca/weather>

 

Source: Matt MacDonald

A/ Warning Preparedness Meteorologist

Prediction and Services Directorate  – Operations West Meteorological Services of Canada Environment and Climate Change Canada (EC3)

401 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC  V6C 3S5

(604) 664-9264

matt.macdonald@canada.ca

Halibut announcement

Huu-ay-aht First Nations regrets to inform citizens living in Nanaimo, Port Alberni and Parksville that we are unable to distribute any more halibut this season.

Regrettably, a number of problems occurred during the fishing season leading to the Nation being unable to catch its quota for the year. This left us without enough halibut to do the final distribution. We appreciate your patience and understanding concerning this matter, and we apologize for the inconvenience it has created.

Luckily, the Nation does have some frozen rockfish, cod and halibut that was harvested and processed in the fall, and we will be sharing this with the elders in these communities. Fortunately we have enough left to give each elder five pounds of frozen white fish.

Citizens in these communities will be receiving their coho/chinook next week on March 8 and 10 at the same time and location as their food box deliveries.

If you have any questions, please contact the Huu-ay-aht goverment office at 1-888-644-4555 or 250-723-0100.

Come to our Community Engagement Sessions

UPDATE: Victoria’s Engagement Session has been changed to today, December 18, 2015. They will be held at the Uptown Community Room in the Uptown mall, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with dinner and the meeting to follow.

Our Executive Council has identified Economic Development as a top priority for the Nation.

First thing in the new year, we are holding Community Engagement Sessions in Anacla, Port Alberni, Nanaimo, Victoria and Vancouver.

This will be an opportunity to share with citizens the financial plan moving forward in the morning. They will also unveil the Nation’s Economic Development Report and Plan in the afternoon.

čuu kʷaač (Join us!)

January Community Engagement Sessions