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Commercial elver fisher accuses Indigenous groups of poaching – CBC

May 09, 2022

Court documents seek injunction against Indigenous fishers

A legal battle is brewing in southwestern New Brunswick between a licensed commercial eel fisher and some First Nations fishers.

Mary Ann Holland, who has been fishing elvers since 1988, is accusing several Indigenous groups and individuals of poaching elvers in waterways where she has exclusive rights to fish.

She has applied to the Court of Queen’s Bench for an injunction to stop them from fishing and from threatening and intimidating behaviour toward her fishers.

The parties were in court on Wednesday, but lawyers recently hired by some defendants requested more time. As a result, the hearing was adjourned until May 13.

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