Category Archives: Fisheries

N.S. Mi’kmaq want more than words from Ottawa in ongoing lobster conflict

HALIFAX — A Mi'kmaq chief says he's not satisfied with the federal government's response in the ongoing conflict between Indigenous and non-Indigenous fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia. Chief Michael Sack of the Sipekne'katik First Nation said in a...

Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs call on Ottawa to denounce ‘racism’ in lobster dispute

HALIFAX — Indigenous chiefs in Nova Scotia are calling on the federal government to denounce what they described as racism and violence directed towards the Mi'kmaq people following a weekend of tension in St. Marys Bay. Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq c...

Lobster protests: Nova Scotia RCMP arrest two at wharf in Weymouth

WEYMOUTH, N.S. — Two people face assault charges after being arrested Friday at a wharf in western Nova Scotia, where there were reports of ugly confrontations over a First Nation's commercial lobster fishing operation. Some non-Indigeno...

‘We felt that we won’: Vancouver shipyard fights second icebreaker battle

OTTAWA — Mark Lamarre is making his latest pitch for why Ottawa should choose Seaspan ULC to build the Canadian Coast Guard’s next flagship, the CCGS John G. Diefenbaker. The pitch involves an arrangement in which, if the Vancouver shipbuilder gets

Nova Scotia First Nation launches lobster fleet amid tension on the water

SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. — Exactly 21 years after the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed the right of Indigenous groups in Eastern Canada to hunt and fish for a moderate livelihood, a First Nation in Nova Scotia held a boisterous ceremony Thursday to

Lobster protests: Nova Scotia MP demands immediate action from Ottawa

HALIFAX — A Nova Scotia MP is demanding Ottawa step in to quell rising anger among lobster fishermen who are accusing Indigenous fishermen of illegally trapping and selling lobster out of season. Chris d'Entremont, the Conservative MP fo...

Nova Scotia lobster fishermen protest ‘out of control’ First Nations fishery

HALIFAX — Hundreds of commercial fishermen protested at two wharves in southwestern Nova Scotia on Tuesday, over what they say is an illegal fishery in St. Marys Bay, continuing a long-standing dispute over fishing rights in the area. A&...

B.C. fisher fined for tossing explosive device at sea lions off his boat

OTTAWA — A B.C. fisher was fined $8,000 last month and banned from possessing explosives for three years after he threw an explosive device into a group of sea lions in March 2019. Video footage posted to social media last year showed Al...

Oilsands tailings ponds leaking; federal enforcement unclear: report

An international environmental watchdog says there's convincing evidence that oilsands tailings ponds are leaking. "There is strong scientifically valid evidence of ... seepage into near-field groundwater around tailings ponds," says a report&nbsp...

Few delays for salmon that reach Fraser River slide site: officials

Officials say salmon are making good progress migrating past the site of a landslide on the Fraser River that decimated runs last year. Michael Crowe, manager of biological programs for the Big Bar landslide response, says crews have done eve...