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A spokesman for New Brunswick fishermen based mostly on Grand Manan Island says at the least 10 Canadian fishing boats have been intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol brokers since final week whereas fishing within the disputed waters round Machias Seal Island.

Laurence Cook, chairman of the LFA 38 Lobster Advisory Board, says some Canadian vessels have been boarded by brokers who requested about doable unlawful immigrants.

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Cook says he’s by no means earlier than seen border patrol brokers within the space, the place the U.S. Coast Guard sometimes patrols.

Machias Seal Island, which is about 19 kilometres southwest of Grand Manan Island and east of Maine, is in a disputed space often known as the gray zone, the place lobster fishermen from each Canada and the United States have lengthy fished facet by facet.

However, each Canada and the United States declare sovereign jurisdiction over the island and the encompassing 700 sq. kilometres on the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.

Global Affairs Canada distributed a quick e-mail saying it’s investigating “incidents that occurred in Canadian waters.”

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Spokesman John Babcock mentioned the Canadian authorities can also be speaking with U.S. businesses.

“Canada’s sovereignty over the Machias Seal Island and the surrounding waters is long-standing and has a strong foundation in international law,” Babcock mentioned.

“Until the matter of the boundary is resolved, we will continue to take practical steps with the U.S. to ensure that the area is well-managed. Canada and the U.S. have a long history of co-operation which ensures that fishing in this area in well-managed and safe for both countries.”

Note: « Previously Published on: 2018-07-04 15:02:25, as ‘N.B. fishermen say Canadian fishing boats being intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol

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