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Lobster stocks not at risk because of new Indigenous fishery: Dalhousie biologist –

Dalhousie biology professor Aaron Macneil says we’re still an order or two of magnitude away from when this fishery becomes a conservation issue

A local biologist says the Mi’kmaw lobster fishery isn’t a threat to conservation, but commercial fishermen on the other hand, have been protesting the fishery.

They say the legal, and constitutionally protected fishery that operates outside the federally mandated commercial season will impact lobster stocks.

Aaron Macneil is an associate professor in the Biology Department at Dalhousie University, and says the conservation concerns unfounded. There are reportedly 11 Sipekne’katik vessels taking part in the moderate livelihood fishery, which he says won’t have any negative impact on the lobster population.

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