Herring Conference


The Herring School Workshop: Bringing together culture, ecology, and governance to support sustainability

Pacific herring is a "cultural keystone" species for First Nations up and down the coast and is a foundation of coastal food webs. Despite thousands of years of continuous use in the past, many herring stocks have collapsed over much of the region and fail to recover even if fishing pressure is reduced. 

Held over 3 days in late August and early September of 2011, The Herring Workshop brought together knowledge-holders from diverse communities to discuss the cultural, social, ecological, and economic role of herring on the West Coast - from Alaska through BC to Washington. Participants include both those based in local and traditional knowledge and those based in Western science. This provides a regional perspective on herring history, science, management and cultural context that has not yet been compiled in a single place.


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Top from left to right:

Anne Salomon, SFU & Ashleen Benson, SFU
Martin Robards, SFU and Wildlife Conservation Society
Edwin Newman, elder of Heiltsuk First Nation

Bottom from left to right:

Cliff Atleo, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nation
Ashleen Benson, SFU
Shingo Hamada, Indiana University & Steve Carpenter, Heiltsuk First Nation