Ottawa orders temporary shutdown of Maritime elver fishery – CBC

Unprecedented move was prompted by a sudden rise in non-commercial harvesting in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

May 07, 2020

The multimillion-dollar baby eel or elver fishery in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick has been shut down amid escalating conflict between commercial and Indigenous harvesters, according to an industry representative.

Riverside disputes and threats of violence during the spring elver fishery in 2020 rose to the point where local police intervention was required, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

A ministerial order prohibiting all elver fishing in both provinces was issued on April 27 and is in effect for 45 days.

The department order was a response to “an unexpected and significant rise in people fishing for eels under 10 centimetres in length outside the commercial fishery.”

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