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DFO ‘showed some leadership’ on P.E.I. Indigenous fishery solution, says chief – CBC

May 13, 2022

Understanding between DFO and Lennox Island a compromise, says Darlene Bernard

Lennox Island Chief Darlene Bernard is not entirely happy with an agreement reached with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on the Indigenous lobster fishery off P.E.I., but she is optimistic the groundwork has been laid for a good relationship into the future.

“I think that DFO showed some leadership here by working with us to come to a solution,” Benard told Island Morning Friday.

Lennox Island launched a moderate-livelihood fishery on May 7 without authorization from DFO under its own management plan, which it sees as its treaty-protected right for the Mi’kmaw. On Thursday, in separate releases, Lennox Island and DFO announced an interim understanding on the fishery had been reached.

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