Fishermen To Hold Demonstrations At Area DFO Offices Tomorrow Morning

Posted on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 17:56 PM

Peaceful demonstrations will be held at some Department of Fisheries and Oceans offices in our region tomorrow morning.

They are being planned in Tusket, Meteghan, Digby and possibly Barrington at 8am.

Coldwater Lobster Association member Lucien LeBlanc says it has to do with illegal selling of lobster during the summer months.

"They are inquiring and demanding an answer from DFO as to where the system broke down in the last couple of years because of an on-going conflict with pouching and the sale of illegal lobster in the summer months."

Hundreds of fishermen are expected to attend.

Fishermen were protesting on a few evenings last week on Lobster Rock Wharf in Yarmouth

LeBlanc says fishermen are frustrated, and says their main concern is a 'few' who are selling lobster illegally out of season.

"It's right under the eyes of commercial fishermen who don't have the opportunity to fish commercially during the summer. They feel it's unfair, and they are asking DFO as to why this going on after watching it in plain sight."

He says there will be one speaker at each location to speak with DFO officials.