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Mi’kmaw treaty lobster fishery launches, fisheries officers seize lobster and gear – APTN

by ahnationtalk on September 8, 202277 Views

Sep 07, 2022

Fisheries officers seized crates of lobster at Saulnierville wharf, harvested by Sipekne’katik First Nation fishermen.

A few days earlier, Mi’kmaw fishermen dropped their lobster traps in St. Mary’s Bay under the band’s own lobster management plan.

The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) confirmed to APTN News officers seized 82 crates containing approximately 6,000 lobster.

Robert Sack of Sipekne’katik First Nation says his gear was also seized – but he will keep fishing,

“Go set another 100 and I’ll sink them all,” said Sack.

A day before the treaty fishery launched, James Nevin, of Sipekene’kaitk was in Digby provincial court, defending his treaty rights to harvest lobster to earn a moderate livelihood.

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