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April 08 2021
First Nation treaty rights are again under the spotlight following a recent Nova Scotia incident involving federal fishing authorities and Sipekne’katik fishermen’s right to fish for a modern livelihood. Officers a little over a week ago confronted several fishermen as they were dipping for baby eels – a highly regulated natural commodity in a multimillion-dollar fishing industry.
Fisheries and Oceans Canada earlier this year announced new restrictions limiting the size of baby eels caught under food, ceremonial and social licenses to 10 centimetres. According to the provisions of the latest limitations, no FSC licence permits for the catching or retention of elvers under the new minimum allowable size.
The latest restriction was according to a DFO statement implemented over concerns about conservation and the protection of the American eel.
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