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Indigenous chief to request UN peacekeepers to prevent lobster fight boiling over by Cara McKenna May 03,2021   |  Source: The Guardian

After a violent clash over lobster fishing on Canada’s east coast last year, a First Nations chief says he will request United Nations peacekeepers to keep his people safe on the water this summer – predicting tensions will reach a boiling point. When the Sipekne’katik First Nation sought to harvest lobster outside of the fishing season defined by federal authorities, commercial harvesters launched a series of protests that turned physical when traps were removed, harvesters assaulted and lobster pounds vandalized. The conflict was a microcosm of a larger trend of Indigenous communities attempting to uphold their historic rights to manage, harvest and sell fish in Canada. The Sipekne’katik chief, Mike Sack, said his First Nation is moving forward with plans to again open a self-regulated lobster fishery in Nova Scotia this June in defiance of the commercial season enforced by Canada’s fisheries department.

“We’re going to send a letter off to the United Nations and hope that they can come and keep the peace … and just ensure that our people are not mistreated,” Sack said during a press conference last week. Sipekne’katik first opened its self-regulated lobster fishery in St Mary’s Bay last September, citing their right to support themselves through

Theme(s): Landing Centres, Post Harvest Technology and Trade, Freshwater ecosystems and threats, Coastal Ecosystems and Threats, Others, Fishing Craft, Gear and Fishing Methods, Communities and Organisations, Fisheries Development and Aquaculture, Fisheries Resources.

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