Unauthorized fishing concerns deepen as lobster theft and assault unfold in Nova Scotia

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Nova Scotia are actively pursuing suspects involved in an alleged assault and theft incident at a St. Mary’s Bay harbor earlier this month. The incident has raised concerns and attention in a region grappling with unauthorized fishing activities.

Assault and Theft at Weymouth North Wharf: According to authorities, the incident occurred on August 2 at the Weymouth North Wharf in southwestern Nova Scotia. Four individuals stole a crate filled with lobsters from a boat docked at the wharf. Their actions were captured on surveillance cameras.

Confrontation Escalates: When confronted by the property owner, the alleged perpetrators responded by discarding the stolen lobsters into the water. Additionally, they purportedly hurled the emptied crate, which struck the property owner in the arm. This escalated confrontation resulted in physical harm to the owner.

Escape by Boat and Ongoing Search:
The four individuals reportedly fled the scene using a boat following the confrontation. Despite the property owner’s and law enforcement’s efforts, the suspects have not yet been identified. The RCMP is actively investigating the incident and is urging anyone with information to come forward.

Context of Unauthorized Fishing Concerns: This incident occurs within a backdrop of mounting concerns over unauthorized fishing activities in specific regions of Nova Scotia. Colin Sproul, representing the Unified Fisheries Conservation Alliance, has highlighted instances of what appears to be industrial-level commercial fishing taking place out-of-season in St. Mary’s Bay. However, he refrained from disclosing the parties involved in these activities.

As the investigation into the alleged assault and lobster theft continues, local authorities remain vigilant in addressing and curbing unauthorized fishing practices that have raised concerns among residents and stakeholders.


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