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.

Gillett v. Canada and Hurley, 2017 FC 574

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In response to increasing fishing pressure in the capelin fishery, in 2007 Fisheries and Oceans Canada (“DFO”) imposed a management measure that only allowed capelin licence holders to fish in one management area per year. As a result, licence holders in the Newfoundland region who leased their capelin fishing vessels to licence holders in another region, were not permitted to …

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Her Majesty the Queen v. . 100193 P.E.I. Inc. et al., 2016 FCA 280

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This was an appeal and cross appeal from a decision of the Federal Court (2015 FC 932) allowing in part the Appellant/Defendant’s motion for summary judgement to dismiss the Respondent/Plaintiffs’ claims. In their action, the Plaintiffs’ claim included the following: 1) Expropriation without compensation; 2) Breach of contract; 3) Unjust enrichment; and 4) Misfeasance of Public office. The motions Court …

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Puddister Trading Corporation Ltd. v. Canada, 1997 CanLII 5145

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This case involved an application by a licence holder for compensation arising out of the closure of the offshore seal fishery of Newfoundland. While the plaintiff was not successful in its primary objective, of obtaining compensation for the closure of the fishery, it obtained limited success in obtaining damages against the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (D.F.O.) for the failure …

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