The Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution (CSEE) supports the Mi’kmaw people in their efforts to manage and conduct sustainable fisheries in accordance with their treaty rights.
As scientists, we would like to emphasize that respecting the rights of the Sipekniꞌkatik First Nation is not in conflict with our understanding of relevant fisheries and conservation biology. There is no evidence that the lobster fishery currently being conducted by the Sipekniꞌkatik First Nation poses a threat to lobster populations. We are deeply concerned about the misuse of science to support acts of violence against Mi’kmaw fishers and their communities.
We join the calls for the federal government to take immediate and decisive action to protect Mi’kmaw fishers. In addition, the CSEE urges immediate action by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans to work with the Mi’kmaq and develop fisheries management policies that incorporate the best available science advice.
Additional discussion about conservation issues related to the lobster fishery can be found in this recent article by Vanessa Minke-Martin in Hakai Magazine. https://www.hakaimagazine.com/news/mikmaw-fishery-dispute-is-not-about-conservation-scientists-say/