Native man gets fine for assault during N.B. lobster fishing dispute

Canadian Press
Sunday, May 6, 2001 

NEGUAC, N.B. (CP) — A native man arrested during last year’s violence over the lobster fishery in New Brunswick has pleaded guilty to an assault charge. 

Rayburn Joseph Dedam, 29, of Burnt Church, N.B., entered the plea in a Neguac court Thursday. He was fined $170. 

The charge arose from an incident last August on Miramichi Bay in which there was an altercation btween native fishermen and federal Fisheries Department officers. 

Another man from Burnt Church, Johh David Dedam, will have a preliminary hearing June 21 on an aggravated assault charge in relation to the same incident.

He’s alleged to have struck a fisheries officer in the face with a projectile.