Nova Scotia’s second Indigenous-run, off-season lobster fishery officially began operating in southern Cape Breton Thursday.
Fishers from the Potlotek First Nation headed out on St. Peter’s Bay to trap lobsters outside the commercial fishing season, which runs from late April to late June.
The province’s other Indigenous, off-season fishery, in St. Mary’s Bay, is run by the Sipekne’katik First Nation and has faced resistance from non-Indigenous fishers angry that the lobsters are being trapped outside the commercial fishing season.
It’s part of an effort from Indigenous Canadians to assert their inherent right to fish for what’s called a “moderate livelihood.” But as Ross Lord explains, that’s amplifying calls for the federal government to clearly define what a “moderate livelihood” is.
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