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Mi'kmaw fishers face conflict

 

Last updated 10/14/2020 at 1:07pm

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Commercial fishers are fighting the rights of the Mi'kmaw people to set lobster traps and fish at any time of the year.

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia-Mi'kmaw fishers dropping lobster traps as part of their livelihood are facing intimidation and vandalism at the hands of protesting Acadian commercial fish harvesters from communities around southwestern Nova Scotia.

Sipekne'katik First Nation is the first band to start its own Moderate Livelihood fishery, with two other bands, Paqtnkek and Potlotek, soon to follow. The band has seven licenses, but only three of them are being fished right now, with 50 traps per boat.

However, non-Mi'kmaw commercial fishers are protesting because they say Mi'kmaw fishers are dropping lo...



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