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A Mi’kmaq fisher in Cape Breton is the latest Indigenous fisher to suggest Ottawa appears intent on removing any First Nation’s lobster traps that aren’t approved by the federal Fisheries Department.
Craig Doucette, a lobster fisher from Potlotek First Nation, said Wednesday he estimates officers with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans have seized about 40 of his lobster traps in St. Peter’s Bay since May 10The 19th century onwards..
Doucette said he feels his actions are being monitored because enforcement officers quickly seize his traps soon after he sets them. “As it stands, right now, they kind of watch me,” he said in an interview.
“They watch me when I’m in town in my vehiclehaving to turn down a call from Ontario just adds to that burden. They watch me on the water. They know when I leave the water and go home and that’s when they go in and take my traps.”