Canadian Fishing Boats Harassed By US Border Patrol, Officials Reported

Share
Canadian Fishing Boats Harassed By US Border Patrol, Officials Reported

- Crew members of two Canadian fishing vessels were approached by the United States border patrol in Canadian waters in the Gulf of ME in late June, according to the Canadian government, which is investigating the matter.

That debate has come to a head lately, starting with a June 25 Facebook post in which a Canadian fisherman alleged that U.S. Border Patrol attempted to stop a fellow fisherman "in the zone".

John Drouin said his and his two sons' boats and those of other American fishermen have all been stopped in the past couple of months by U.S. Border Patrol vessels, something he's rarely seen in 40 years plying the waters. The island lies about 10 miles offshore between the Gulf of ME and the Bay of Fundy.

On Wednesday, John Babcock, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada said, "Canada continues to investigate these incidents that occurred in Canadian waters, including through engaging with US agencies involved in the matter", Reuters reported.

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says 21 Canadian vessels have been stopped so far this year.

Canadian fishing boats harassed by U.S. Border Patrol, officials from Canada just reported.

A spokesperson from the Customs and Border Protection agency commented on the incidents, saying that it is a "regular exercise being conducted along the USA marine border", according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

According to Cook, the Canadian fishing captain, Nick Brown, informed the USA vessel that "he was a Canadian vessel legally fishing in Canadian waters".

"Canada's sovereignty over the Machias Seal Island and the surrounding waters is long-standing and has a strong foundation in global law", Babcock said in an email to CBC News.

Reports say that the agents were asking about illegal immigrants.

In a written statement, the fisherman's association said American and Canadian fishermen have jointly fished the 102-square mile area for years. But a succession of border accords from the 1783 Treaty of Peace - between the newly independent United States and Britain - up to a 1984 International Court of Justice case failed to resolve the fate of Machias Seal Island and its waters. They declined to specify how many of these were fishing vessels.

A little-known cross-border dispute that has simmered between Canada and the United States since the late 1700s is now approaching the boiling point.

Grand Manan is a Canadian island in the Gulf of ME, right off the coast that hosts the border between the United States and Canada.

His revelations called into question complaints from Canadians that they are being targeted by American law enforcement in a marine "grey zone" that both countries claim as sovereign territory.

A representative for the association did not respond to an interview request Thursday.

The Canadian flag flutters in the breeze by the lighthouse at Machias Seal Island.

In 40 years fishing off ME, this is the first time he can remember Border Patrol operating offshore like this, Drouin said.

"What caused that? You'll have to talk to border patrol".

The decision to enforce American immigration rules in the area effectively denies the strong Canadian claim to the islands and waters. "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". Any vessel operator that does not slow down and stop when ordered by Border Patrol agents can be criminally charged, Malin said.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Former NBA, UCLA Player Killed In Shootout With Police
The suspect was a former UCLA basketball player who also had a brief stint with the NBA, ABC 7 reported . Earlier, Khimki Moscow head coach Giorgos Bartzokas expressed his sentiments over Honeycutt's death.

Will Sweden beat England? The fans think so! - CBBC Newsround
The official attendance was read out over the PA system as 39,991 - just a couple of thousands short of capacity. "And there's nothing stopping England taking this World Cup home - it's coming home".

Can LeBron James Still Attract the Best NBA Talent?
Just ask Bryant, who won two Olympic gold medals as James' teammate while spending his entire 20-year career with the Lakers. LeBron James in Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland .

Eleven killed as torrential rain pounds Japan
In Seiyo, Ehime Prefecture, five were confirmed dead due to the torrential rain, including people swept away in a vehicle . An emergency heavy rain warning is issued in anticipation of extreme downpours that occur only once in several decades.

Klamathon Fire Closes I-5 At State Line
Meanwhile, CAL FIRE has expressed concern that Verizon cellular towers near the town of Hornbrook could be under threat. A situation summary from Cal Fire Saturday morning noted "extreme fire behavior with movement in multiple directions".

Some Liverpool fans want Harry Maguire signed after England heroics
Picture of the day England manager Gareth Southgate oversaw a training session ahead of a flight to Samara on Friday afternoon. The video spread on social media, and the actions of the fans were criticised by many.

Possible release of tuberculosis bacteria investigated in Baltimore
The bacteria usually attack the lungs, but TB bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. It affects less than 3 per 100,000 people per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

Coach of Thai boys trapped in cave offers apology to parents
Conditions are improving for the rescue. "I promise to take the very best care of the kids", he said. The boys' parents had written to them earlier.

'Tiny Beryl' becomes first hurricane of the season
The first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season , subtropical storm Alberto, failed to reach hurricane status. A tropical depression has formed west of Bermuda as Hurricane Beryl continues its path towards the Caribbean.

By the Numbers: UFC 226
Brock Lesnar (5-3-1) for the heavyweight title will headline UFC's return to Madison Square Garden this November. However, the bout was pulled from the card after Holloway experienced concussion symptoms during fight week.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.