Mi'kmaq fishermen in New Brunswick continue to set traps with their own tags

Canadian Press
Saturday, May 20, 2000

BURNT CHURCH, N.B. (CP) _ Native fishermen from the Burnt Church, N.B.
reserve plan to set 100 lobster traps on Monday using their own tags.

The Mi'kmaq fishermen say they have the right to set rules for their
lobster fishery.

They have been setting the traps since May 6, marking each trap with
Esgenoopetijg First Nations tags.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has followed its own daily routine
of seizing the traps. Native fishermen at the Burnt Church wharf said that
fisheries officers have seized 41 traps since the season opened.