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Departing Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan says the interim agreement signed with Mi’kmaq communities indicate her approach to the lobster harvest is working, despite continuing tensions on the water.
“I think the approach we’ve taken, as demonstrated today, is working,” she said. “We have First Nations out on the water today fishing a moderate livelihood …. We have understandings in place. These are very positive signs of communities that want to work with the government of Canada.”
The Nova Scotia cabinet minister, who remains in her post until a new cabinet is named, was defeated in the Sept. 20 election, with some political scientists saying the fishing disputes in St. Marys Bay cost her votes among Mi’kmaw communities and commercial fishers.
On Wednesday, the federal fisheries department announced it had negotiated lobster fishing arrangements with the traditional Mi’kmaw district of Kespukwitk, the southern area of Nova Scotia, which includes the communities Bear River, Annapolis Valley, Acadia, and Glooscap First Nations.
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