U.S. Border Patrol says it won't stop checking Canadian fishing vessels

‘Typical American bullies’: US border patrol ‘targets Canadian fishermen’ in disputed waters amid trade war

Canada is investigating incidents of USA patrol boats straying into waters it claims as its own and approaching Canadian fishing vessels.

Rick Doucet, the fisheries minister for the Canadian province of New Brunswick, told The National Post that fishermen have spoken of "heavily armed" Border Patrol agents climbing into Canadian lobster boats and searching for "illegal immigrants".

The question of jurisdiction flared up recently after the Grand Manan Fishermen's Association said a Canadian vessel had been stopped by USA border patrol while fishing in the waters near Machias Seal Island in late June.

John Babcock, a Global Affairs Canada spokesman, said the government continues to investigate the incidents "in Canadian waters", partly by engaging with the American agencies involved.

US officials told CBC News in a statement that the border agents were in the area to "enforce immigration laws and other violations of federal law".

A Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman told the BBC that US Border Patrol was "conducting regular patrol operation to enforce immigration laws and other violations of federal law that they may encounter in the course of their duties" during June.

"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. Machias Seal Island, a small low-lying island with a lighthouse manned and maintained by the Canadian government, lies about 12 miles southwest of the Canadian island of Grand Manan and 12 miles southeast of the ME village of Cutler.

"Absolutely overkill", he said of the "disturbing" stops. The agency has not disclosed how many stops have been made. "Canadian fishermen are being harassed by USA border patrol".

Only about 100,000 of the United States' 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants were from Canada, according to the Pew Research Center in 2014. But both Canadian and American fishermen said they noticed increased activity in harbors and in the Atlantic in early June.

Visitors head to Machias Seal Island on in June 2016.

Sovereign jurisdiction over the island is claimed by both Canada and the U.S. Machias Seal Island is east of ME, and about 19 kilometers away from Canada's Grand Manan Island. "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".

Like previously stated the island is in a grey area of the border but both Canadian and American fishermen work around the island.

The contested island and surrounding waters, which begin about five kilometres southwest of New Brunswick's Grand Manan, are known as the "grey zone". As well, the group suggested the actions of the USA agents may have been routine.

Border Patrol does not board Canadian vessels without consent or probable cause and only conducts interviews as a vessel runs parallel to it, bow to stern, she added. The Canadian Coast Guard maintains a manned lighthouse on the island but American and Canadian fishermen prowl the rich lobster areas nearby.

"I don't think you can draw a line between some of the concerns Americans have expressed for other border crossings with a fishing zone that has existed in the Bay of Fundy that has existed positively and collaboratively for a long time", he said.

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