Supreme Court of Canada dismisses Elsipogtog man's request to appeal ruling on his fishing rights


Canada's top court has dismissed a request last Thursday to appeal a lower court decision regarding an Elsipogtog man accused of illegally fishing shrimp five years ago.

Joseph Francis had his catch seized by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans while fishing for shrimp in the Gulf of St. Lawrence back in 2015.

He didn't have a fishing license, but was authorized by the Mi'kmq Grand Council which, the Acadie-Nouvelle reports, did not hold a fishing quota.

Francis had argued his ancestral fishing rights allow him to make a reasonable income from the sale of seafood.

The Supreme Court typically does not explain the reasoning behind its decisions.

(with files from the Acadie-Nouvelle)