The Decline of the Haida Fleet

Despite a respect for the ocean and skillful fishing, in the late 1950s, the Haida fleet began deteriorating.

Many problems between boat owners and the fishing companies surfaced. The fishing companies needed fish for their canneries. The Haidas were capable of catching huge quantities of fish but refused to over-harvest the fish stocks

Recognizing the need to maintain an ecological balance worked against Haida fishermen, as did evolving fishing policies of the times. Some poor management and unfair practices added to their difficulties. Eventually, in the words of John Bennett, "It was only a matter of time before the fishing companies owned the boats."
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