These summaries of recent Fisheries law cases are prepared by Brad Caldwell of Caldwell & Co.,  401-815 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 2E6. Telephone (604) 689-8894,  E-mail: brad@marine-law.ca. Papers related to Fisheries law and additional groupings of Fisheries law cases by sub-topic can be obtained at the full version of the website.

Readers are urged to consult CanLii for updates to the cases digested on this site.

Marion et al. v. Perley et al., 2015 NBQB 147

In Aboriginal Rights/Defences, Contracts, Fish Cases, Fisheries Practice on (Updated )

This case involved an alleged agreement whereby the plaintiff paid a First Nation for the exclusive right to manage and operate its commercial fisheries for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 fisheries. The agreement allegedly gave the plaintiff full control over the commercial fishery operations, the right to lease licences at will from the First Nation and be the designate as …

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Tremblett v. Tremblett, 2012 CanLII 67443

In Contracts, Fish Cases on (Updated )

This case involved two brothers who fished together in Newfoundland for a period of 17 years. Initially they fished for groundfish and borrowed money together to purchase a vessel that they jointly owned. When government policy would not allow a partnership to hold a fishing licence, a valuable crab licence was put solely in the name of one brother. Upon …

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Quinlan Brothers Limited v. Coady, 2013 NLCA 31

In Contracts, Fish Cases on (Updated )

This case involved a somewhat convoluted fact situation involving three related agreements to sell a fish boat and two fishing licences. After the agreement to sell the fish boat was partially frustrated by a moratorium on cod fishing, both parties walked away from a partially completed contract to sell one of the fishing licences. Several years later after the purchaser …

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Franoice C. Cormier Fish Inc. v. Bouctouche Fish Market Ltd., No. M/C/663/94 (N.B.Q.B.)

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The Plaintiff was a commission fish buyer who purchased fish from lobster fishers on behalf of the Defendant, fish processor. It was standard practice in the lobster industry to pay a base price for lobsters which was later adjusted depending upon the price paid by the major processors. In two different years, there was a post season rebate paid by …

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Gaudet v. Landry Estate, 1998 CanLII 12270

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This case involved a dispute over an agreement to sell a lobster licence, a herring licence, a mackeral licence and a cod licence along with a small amount of fishing gear. An agreement was entered into with the vendor to sell the licence to a purchaser who was obtaining financing from and giving the use of the licence to his …

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Native Citizens Fisheries Ltd. v. James Walkus Fishing Co., 2001 BCCA 719

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This case involved a dispute over whether or not a right of first refusal to lease two roe herring seine licences was properly exercised. After reviewing a great deal of evidence and some related issues such as res Judicata, mistake of law, and misrepresentation, the court ruled that the rights of first refusal had been properly exercised. Counsel for the …

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Fish Reduction Ltd. v. Malone, 1999 CanLII 2314

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This case involved an alleged arrangement whereby in order to get around a restriction upon the holding of fishing licences by companies, two companies arranged for an individual to hold a fishing licence in trust for the companies. In an action to enforce the alleged agreement, the court reviewed the evidence and declined to find such a trust. In doing …

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Baines v. Deluney, 2002 CanLII 54020

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This case involved the issue of whether or not a shrimp licence transferred to a fisherman was transferred for the purpose of a sale or the purpose of a long-term lease. After reviewing all of the evidence, the court concluded that the transfer was for the purpose of a lease and not a sale. It then imposed a constructive trust …

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