Border patrol stops Canadian fishermen in disputed waters off Maine

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

The Canadian government is investigating reports Canadian boats have been approached and questioned by US border patrol agents in the gulf of ME last month.

In recent days, the dispute has reached a crucial stage, beginning with a Facebook post on June 25, in which a Canadian fisherman claimed that U.S. Facebook post tried to stop one of the fishermen at the location.

In a Facebook post, Laurence Cook-a member of Grand Manan Fishermen's Association-alleged that in a June 24 boat check, U.S. Border Patrol agents said they were "looking for illegal immigrants". The island lies about 10 miles offshore between the Gulf of ME and the Bay of Fundy.

Global Affairs Canada, the equivalent of the State Department in the USA, told the CBC that it has confirmed at least two incidents in which Customs and Border Patrol agents had questioned Canadian fishermen off the island.

Canada's foreign affairs department said that it had heard about two stops in late June involving Border Patrol officers and had asked the US government for an explanation.

Customs and Border Protection told Business Insider in a statement that its agents have stopped and interviewed 21 Canadian vessels since last October in those waters, which the agency called "jurisdictional waters of the United States".

Lawrence Herman, a former Canadian diplomat who now practices worldwide trade law, has been warning that a trade war between the US and Canada could have devastating consequences for both countries.

"Canada's sovereignty over the Machias Seal Island and the surrounding waters is long standing and has a strong foundation in global law", spokesman John Babcock said in an emailed statement.

A spokesperson for the fishermen told the Press that agents boarded the boats asking about the presence of undocumented immigrants.

The patrols are part of recent increased enforcement actions nationwide by the US agency, including a checkpoint last month along Interstate 95 north of Bangor. It consists of about 700 square kilometers of "lucrative lobster waters" and has been claimed by both Canada and the USA for decades.

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The federal agency did not confirm how many vessels this had happened to.

Global Affairs Canada says it's looking into the incidents, stressing that it considers the rich lobster-fishing grounds to be sovereign Canadian territory - a position mirrored by the United States.

Cohen said he doesn't know who is being targeted by the U.S. Border Patrol when it pulls up along a Canadian fishing boat.

He also said that Canadian government aircraft have rattled ME fishermen in the past by "buzzing" their boats and taking photographs. But both Canadian and American fishermen said they noticed increased activity in harbors and in the Atlantic in early June.

But Drouin said the bigger issue is Canadian use of the zone.

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

"Until the matter of the boundary is resolved, we will continue to take practical steps with the USA to ensure that the area is well managed", Babcock said.

"It's a pretty significant area", said Geoff Irvine, executive director of the Lobster Council of Canada.

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.

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