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NS Mi’kmaw fishermen say DFO sezied lobster traps tagged under moderate livelihood –

by ahnationtalk on August 21, 2019116 Views

Two Nova Scotia Mi’kmaw fishermen say the Department of Fisheries and Oceans are violating their treaty right to fish for a moderate livelihood by seizing their lobster traps.

Jason Lamrock, a member of the Acadia First Nation, says DFO officers seized his ten lobster traps he dropped in waters just off Woods Harbour near Barrington, N.S. on Monday.

“I clearly told them the gear was perfectly identified as mine, top to bottom,” Lamrock said Monday. “They said it wasn’t a tagged pod. Clearly, they don’t recognize our inherent right to be able to do this,” he said.

David McDonald, a member of the Sipekne’katik First Nation, says DFO officers also seized ten of his lobster traps from St. Mary’s Bay on Aug. 9.

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