Ottawa sets Friday deadline

Canadian Press
Thursday, September 21, 2000

Burnt Church, N.B. – The federal Fisheries Department is giving defiant Mi'kmaq fishermen a 24-hour deadline to pull their lobster traps out of New Brunswick's Miramichi Bay.

Andre-Marc Lanteigne, a spokesman for the department, said Thursday a letter has been sent to Chief Wilbur Dedam and the band council at the Burnt Church reserve informing them the fishery is closed and all native traps must be removed.

"We have told them they have 24 hours to remove the traps," Mr. Lanteigne said.

Mr. Lanteigne said an exact time for the Friday deadline has not been fixed, but it's likely late morning or noon. Mr. Lanteigne said that if the traps are not voluntarily pulled, enforcement action by fisheries officers will be the only alternative.