Battle heating up over lobster fishing

Tensions rise in First Nations fishing rights dispute in the Maritimes


Tensions are again ratcheting up between Mi’kmaq and non-Indigenous fishers over the issue of what should be a moderate livelihood.

It’s an annual battle involving officers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) who are seizing Mi’kmaq lobster traps.

The 1999 Supreme Court of Canada ruling known as the Marshall Decision affirms the treaty right to hunt, fish and gather to earn a moderate livelihood, but the term has not been defined, and that has led to tensions all around.
Video Journalist / Halifax

Angel Moore is a proud Cree from the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba. Angel grew up in Winnipeg and has a Journalism degree from the University of King’s College. She also has a degree from Dalhousie University in International Development Studies and Environmental Sustainability. Angel joined APTN News in June 2018 as the correspondent in the Halifax bureau and covers Atlantic Canada.