For the past several weeks, Mi’kmaw lobster fishers in southwestern Nova Scotia have had their traps cut loose and their catch dumped by angry commercial fishers. They have been assaulted and, this past weekend, the facility they were using to store their catch was burned to the ground.

Some in the commercial fishing sector say they are worried about their future, and that the new moderate livelihood fishery launched by the Sipekne’katik First Nation threatens the stocks.

Today in The Conversation Canada Megan Bailey from Dalhousie University puts the dispute into context and writes about the science behind the lobster fishery. The number of traps being used is small in comparison to the commercial fishery. “There is no reason, no science, to suggest that the equivalent of one or two commercial vessels fishing in St. Marys Bay will be problematic,” she writes. “The sector needs to address its racism, cease its vigilantism, support dialogue and ensure that its positions are grounded in evidence.”

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Hannah Hoag

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Members of the Sipekne'katik First Nation prepare to go fishing in Saulnierville, N.S., on, Sept. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Nova Scotia lobster dispute: Mi’kmaw fishery isn’t a threat to conservation, say scientists

Megan Bailey, Dalhousie University

The message from commercial fishers is that fishing in St. Marys Bay outside the commercial season is illegal and a conservation concern. In fact, it is neither.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Carson City Airport on Oct. 18, 2020, in Carson City, Nev. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Henry Giroux, McMaster University

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Kimberly Hill-Tout, Queen's University, Ontario; William Tyler Hartwig, University of Toronto

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Michael J. Armstrong, Brock University

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Dessa Bayrock, Carleton University

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La Conversation Canada

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Marc-André Argentino, Concordia University

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