From: " JJ.Bear" <jj.bear@...
Burnt Church still without a fishing deal
MONCTON, N.B. - There's still no fishing agreement between the native
community of Burnt Church and the federal government and no new negotiations
'There's a need to re-establish the working relationship and get some trust
back into the process'
The fall fishery at Burnt Church is just a couple of weeks away. Last fall,
confrontations between native fishermen and the Department of Fisheries and
Oceans turned violent.
Bob Allain, Regional Director of the DFO hopes similar problems can be
avoided this year. Allain says the department, the RCMP and federal justice
officials are working hard to rebuild trust.
"You don't go from a situation that we had last year into a situation today
where people are talking about a long-term agreement," he says. "There's a
real disconnect there. There's a need to re-establish the working
relationship and get some trust back into this process."
Allain says the two sides are still talking, although not formally. He says
enforcement plans for the fall fishery are ready, but he hopes the
department won't have to use them.
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