Judge refuses to scrap eel fisher’s lawsuit against chiefs

By Andrew Bates  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Despite a second lawsuit swimming upstream in Fredericton, a Rothesay eel fisher’s claim against Indigenous chiefs and fishers will stay alive, a Saint John judge ruled last Tuesday. Mary Ann Holland and her companies Brunswick Aquaculture Limited and Alder Seafood Limited first filed lawsuits in 2022 against four Wolastoqey First Nations, their chiefs, and unidentified fishers from their communities who they say were involved in unauthorized fishing in Charlotte County. The lawsuit names Chief Allan ‘Chicky’ Polchies and Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation), Chief Shelley Sabattis and Welamukotuk (Oromocto First Nation), Chief Ross Perley and Neqotkuk (Tobique First Nation) and Chief Tim Paul and Wotstak (Woodstock First Nation). In a statement to Brunswick News Wednesday, Perley said: “Lawsuits such as these detract from…

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