Review Announced In Fisheries Case Involving Cape Breton Men

Federal Fisheries Minister Dianne Lebouthillier says the government will be launching an external review after two Cape Breton Mi’kmaw fishermen say they were mistreated by DFO officers in March.

Blaise Sylliboy from Eskasoni and Kevin Hartling from Membertou say they were detained for fishing for baby eels in Shelburne County.

They say officers took their boots and phones and they had to walk for hours in sock feet along a rural highway.

Lebouthillier decided to keep the baby eel fishery closed this year, in part because of violence.

Mi’kmaw fishermen say they have a treaty right to take part in the fishery.

Lebouthillier says indigenous leadership will be involved in the review of Sylliboy and Hartling’s case and a team will meet in the coming weeks to establish a framework for it.

She says, once the review is completed, a report with recommendations will be made public.

Bobby Nock

Bobby grew up in Whycocomagh before moving to Halifax to attend university where he earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Journalism degree. After university, Bobby moved back to Cape Breton where he began working as a freelance journalist and has done work for both print media and as a broadcast journalist. As the News Director, Bobby Nock will get your day started by bringing you information that helps connect you to the community with all the latest in local news.

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