November 18, 2021
Ottawa, Ontario – The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is actively working with First Nations across the Maritimes and the Gaspé region of Quebec to further implement their Treaty right to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood while maintaining a healthy fishery for all harvesters for generations to come.
Today, the Government of Canada joined Acadia First Nation in announcing that their members will be fishing in pursuit of a moderate livelihood during the 2021-2022 commercial seasons in Lobster Fishing Areas (LFAs) 33, 34 and 35. With today’s announcement, Acadia First Nation joins Bear River and Annapolis Valley First Nations as part of the previously announced interim understanding reached with DFO, which operationalizes the Kespukwitk Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Management Plan (Kespukwitk Plan) and permits the sale of lobster (jakej).
Acadia, Bear River and Annapolis Valley First Nations will designate community members to harvest lobster under the Kespukwitk Plan, which they jointly developed.