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April 29, 2022

Moncton, New Brunswick – The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation. Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is actively working with First Nations across the Maritime provinces and the Gaspé region of Québec to further implement their Treaty right to fish in pursuit of a moderate livelihood while maintaining healthy fisheries for all harvesters for generations to come.

Today, the Government of Canada joined Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia in announcing that its members will be fishing jakej, the Mi’kmaq word for lobster, in pursuit of a moderate livelihood under the community’s Netukulimk Livelihood Fisheries Plan, supported by a Fisheries Act authorization, during the spring 2022 commercial season.

Pictou Landing First Nation will designate community members to harvest and sell jakej (lobster) fished from waters known as Lobster Fishing Area (LFA) 26A, in their traditional fishing territory. Moderate livelihood fishing is authorized to begin and end at the same time as the commercial fishing season in LFA 26A.

With this announcement, Pictou Landing First Nation joins Acadia, Bear River, Annapolis Valley and Potlotek First Nations who have previously developed understandings with DFO whereby they are exercising their rights through moderate livelihood fishing plans.

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