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Ottawa issues reminder and warning about First Nations fishing rights – Global News

July 11, 2022

The federal Fisheries Department issued a reminder on Monday that First Nations have the right to fish for certain limited purposes outside federally regulated fishing seasons, adding that hefty fines await those who prevent them from exercising that right.

Officials with the Fisheries Department made the comments during a technical briefing with reporters about the Indigenous-run fisheries that have been launched across the Atlantic region for food, social and ceremonial purposes. People who participate in those fisheries, however, are not permitted to sell their catch.

Some Indigenous-run fisheries have led to tensions over the past two years, as non-Indigenous commercial fishers have complained that the fisheries are operating without proper licensing or threatening the health of fish stocks.

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