American border patrol agents stopping and boarding Canadian vessels: spokesman

American border patrol agents stopping and boarding Canadian vessels: spokesman

American border patrol agents stopping and boarding Canadian vessels: spokesman

Laurence Cook, chairman of the lobster committee of the Grand Manan Fishermen's Association, told the Globe and Mail newspaper that in the last two weeks at least 10 Canadian vessels were stopped by border patrol around Machias Seal Island in the Gray Zone.

But the United States has never relinquished its claim on the island.

Earlier this week, news broke that the United States Border Patrol has been entering Canadian waters to stop and interview fishing boats in the resource-rich Gulf of Maine.

US officials told CBC News the agents were there to "enforce immigration laws and other violations of federal law".

As Canada's presence increased in the area, Drouin said, so did Canadian fishing patrol boats, watching Americans operate their lobster traps.

"He informed them he was a Canadian vessel legally fishing in Canadian waters". The Grand Manan Fishermen's Association later confirmed that several such interactions occurred in June, NBC reports.

The small island is a flat, treeless piece of rock, which includes a large colony of puffins and a lighthouse that is manned by two Canadian lightkeepers year-round. The island itself is of little value; however, the surrounding waters are home to an increasingly valuable lobster catch.

"Border disputes don't go away, they just fester and then something happens", said Stephen Kelly, now a research scholar at Duke University.

"I'm sure from the border patrol's perspective, that's not at all what they were doing", he said, citing the American claim on the area that dates back to the late 1700s.

Kelly said both countries have done very little to assert their claims.

"We are very committed to the idea that law enforcement should not be stopping and questioning people unless they have a good reason to", Heiden said. Mr Cook said the agents told him they were looking for illegal immigrants.


"That's possible, but. the Gulf of ME is not a major route for illegal immigrants sneaking into the United States", Kelly said. "Canada relationship." Since then, Canada has fired back with tariffs of its own on USA goods from steel and iron to ketchup and dish soap.

He said drug smuggling is a more relevant concern.

Federal law gives Border Patrol the authority to stop, search and examine any vehicle entering the USA including those in a maritime environment, Malin said.

"Typical American bullies", said Cook, who said he was "not surprised to see the Americans trying to push people around". Today, after the situation made headlines, the infamously tough American agency made clear that they plan to continue to carry out such intrusions.

"The US Border Patrol does not patrol for fisheries violations or boating violations which are enforced by the US Coast Guard".

The Canadian government is investigating incidents that occurred in Canadian waters, and engaging USA agencies involved in the matter, said John Babcock, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, in an email.

"Canada's sovereignty over the area is long-standing and has a strong foundation in global law", the post said.

"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". Now, about 50 Canadians and 50 Americans fish the area together.

The Grand Manan Fishermen's Association issued a statement that used much the same language.

According to Cohen, those seeking to cross the Canada-U.S. border illegally are usually pushing north.

The organisation said they were told that United States border agents approached Canadian fishing vessels as part "of a regular exercise being conducted along the U.S. marine border". Global Affairs will be contacting the "U.S. agencies involved in the matter" to sort things out, he said.

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