More Action Needed from Houston Government as Fishing Tensions Rise
September 7, 2023 – (Halifax, NS)
Nova Scotia’s vital lobster industry is under severe stress as illegal fishing activity
increases in Southwestern Nova Scotia without any action from the Houston
Despite being the authority over buyers’ licenses, the province has remained silent as
tensions rise in St. Mary’s Bay. Fishing organizations have called on the Houston
government to increase the maximum fine for both individuals and businesses caught in
illegal activity from $100,000 to a maximum of $1 million and ensure that neither an
individual nor a business owned by that individual have access to a license again.
“The Houston government’s silence on this issue has been extremely troubling for our
communities in Digby and Yarmouth counties. Not only is this a severe economic threat to
our area, but also a significant safety issue,” said Opposition Leader Zach Churchill.
“Minister Craig can no longer ignore this issue. We need a zero-tolerance policy on illegal
fishing to protect the integrity of our lobster industry.”