The Nuu-chah-nulth people have a tradition of commercial fishing. However, over a number of years this tradition was substantially limited by government restrictions. More recently, the Nuu-chah-nulth have argued successfully in court to win back their right to fish commercially. With the commercial fishery now underway, the Nuu-chah-nulth are looking to share their traditions through sustainable fish caught off the coast of Vancouver Island. By doing so, they aim to create economic value for their communities and re-inspire members to take a bigger role in their fisheries.
Nuu-chah-nulth people have a long history of fishing for trade and economy. However, over a number of years, government restrictions substantially limited our access to local fisheries.
More recently, the Supreme Court of Canada recognized our right to fish commercially. With these fisheries now in development, Nuu-chah-nulth fishers are working to share our traditions through sustainable fisheries on the west coast of Vancouver Island. By doing so, we will rebuild our local economies and reconnect communities and families to the ocean.
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Where it all starts.
"When I was 13 years old I first started fishing with my grandfather. By the time I was 15 I was fishing with my uncles, and when I turned 18 I was running a trolling boat by myself. They say, you’re born with a hook in your mouth. I believe it's in our blood." – Kert John