This December the TBuck Suzuki Foundation got to document the 10th annual herring sale organized by Fishermen Helping Kids with Cancer. Every year this sale mobilizes fishermen and community members to raise money for patients at the BC Children’s Hospital. Community members surrounding Steveston and Victoria attend the sale to support the work of FHKWC, and to stock up on sustainably caught pacific herring. Local herring is a valuable ingredient in the diets of the customers at the sale, many who have been attending since the sale began.
Thanks to FHKWC for inviting us to be a part of such a special event, to Paul Brajcich, Phil Eidsvik, and Aaron Chin for contributing, and to Jemma Titheridge for volunteering her camera operation skills and expertise.
The BC herring fishery has significant value beyond the sale of the fish. This fishery has an important social dimension that is most often overlooked.
TBuck's work is centered on advocating for the health and sustainability of marine ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. We must include the social and environmental aspects of our ecosystem in the plans for our future so that our communities and ecosystems can thrive together.