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Should the next fisheries minister come from central Canada? Indigenous chief says it might help resolve lobster dispute – Toronto Star

by ahnationtalk on September 24, 2021116 Views

Sept. 23, 2021

Things are a lot quieter in St. Mary’s Bay in southwestern Nova Scotia than they were this time last year.

In 2020 around this time, when the Sipekne’katik First Nation fishing boats slipped out of the Saulnierville wharf, they faced a gauntlet of more than 80 non-native fishing boats, there to protest the launch of the Mi’kmaq band’s moderate livelihood lobster fishery.

This year, there are no such large-scale protests, merely the Sipekne’katik boats laying down their treaty traps, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) enforcement boats pulling them up and confiscating them.

In this, the second year the band has attempted to conduct its self-governed fishery, the situation is no closer to a resolution than it was a year ago. But the winds of political change may have conspired to kick-start the process again.

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