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Sipekne’katik Chief Mike Sack arrested, traps seized as treaty fishery begins its season in N.S. – CBC

by ahnationtalk on August 17, 2021142 Views

New Mi’kmaw fishery is not regulated by the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans

The chief of Sipekne’katik First Nation has been arrested by federal fisheries officers on the day the band’s treaty fishery launched its season in southwest Nova Scotia.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and Coast Guard crews also removed the band’s lobster traps shortly after they were placed in St. Mary’s Bay.

Chief Mike Sack was arrested on Monday, taken to the nearby Meteghan fisheries office and later released. The DFO has not provided details about why Sack was arrested or whether he could face charges under fisheries legislation.

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