First Nations lobster fishermen in N.S. not required to observe whale closure – CBC

by ahnationtalk on August 18, 2022109 Views

Exemption raises concern over conservation and fairness

Aug 18, 2022

A Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) fishery closure in Nova Scotia this week to protect endangered North Atlantic Right Whales will not apply to First Nations lobster fishermen in the area, CBC News has learned.

The department is allowing ceremonial lobster fishing in St. Marys Bay to continue, raising concerns about conservation and fairness.

Closures were announced on Monday after a right whale was spotted at Tiverton nearby in the Bay of Fundy.

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