Judge’s decision on dragger fishing: Fisheries Minister, not courts, must protect fish habitat

HALIFAX, NS – Late last week, a Federal Court Judge released her decision in a case launched by the Ecology Action Centre (EAC) to protect fish habitat from destruction caused by dragger fishing. The Judge upheld arguments put forward by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) that the Department acted within its powers when it permitted dragging to occur on Georges Bank, off the southwest coast of Nova Scotia.

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