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Moderate livelihood fishery launched by First Nation in Cape Breton

A Nova Scotia First Nation has launched a average livelihood lobster fishery in Cape Breton with approval from the federal Division of Fisheries and Oceans.

The division issued an announcement Friday saying it got here to an understanding with the We’koqma’q First Nation that authorizes fishers in the neighborhood to reap and promote their catch in accordance with the Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Plan.

The understanding is linked to the 1999 Supreme Courtroom of Canada resolution that affirmed the treaty proper of Indigenous harvesters to fish for a moderate livelihood, however the court docket later clarified that Ottawa may regulate the treaty proper for conservation and different restricted functions.

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An announcement from We’koqma’q Chief Annie Bernard-Daisley says the time for such an settlement has come, including Mi’kmaw harvesters ought to have the ability to train their rights “with out worry of their gear and gear being seized.”

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Quite a lot of Mi’kmaw fishing traps have beforehand been seized by DFO officers or focused in acts of alleged vandalism.

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We’koqma’q is now the sixth First Nation to return to an settlement with Ottawa for average livelihood fishing in Nova Scotia, together with Potlotek, Pictou Touchdown, Acadia, Bear River and Annapolis Valley.

The understanding between the DFO and We’koqma’q limits fishers to 210 traps in every of two designated fishing zones the place lobster inventory is taken into account to be within the “Wholesome Zone,” mentioned the division of fisheries’ launch.

This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed Could 22, 2022.

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