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.

Ahousaht Indian Band v. Canada (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans), 2014 FC 197

In Aboriginal Rights/Defences, Fish Cases, Fisheries Practice, Judicial Review/Crown Liability on (Updated )

In this case the applicants were a group of five First Nations located on the West Coast of Vancouver Island who had recently had their right to to fish and sell fish affirmed by the Supreme Court of B.C. with the issue of justification and infringement to be later determined. When affirming this right, the court had given the parties …

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McKay v. Canada, 1998 CanLII 8916

In Fish Cases, Judicial Review/Crown Liability on (Updated )

This case involved an attack on the alleged privatization of the ground fish fishery in the Scotia-Fundy area by way of the creation of individual transferable fishing quotas. The case was brought as an action for both injunctive and declaratory relief. On a pre-trial application by the Defendant, the court struck the portions of the statement of claim asking for …

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Cassie v. Canada (Minister of Fisheries and Oceans), 2001 FCT 379

In Fish Cases, Judicial Review/Crown Liability on (Updated )

This case involved an application by a group of snow crab fishermen for an injunction ordering the Minister of Fisheries to issue snow crab licences to them. Whether or not the court could issue an order of mandamus compelling the Minister to issue the requested licences. In denying the application, the court relied upon Hahlon v. Canada (Minister of Employment …

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Olsen v. The Bank of Nova Scotia, 2011 BCSC 111

In Admiralty Practice, Injunctions on (Updated )

This was an application for an injunction restraining payment under a letter of credit. The letter of credit had been issued to obtain the release of a vessel from arrest and to secure claims that were the subject of arbitration. The arbitrations were decided in favour of the defendant ship builders and applications to review the arbitration awards were later …

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Ordina Ship Management Ltd. v. Unispeed, 1998 CanLII 8785

In Admiralty Practice, Injunctions on (Updated )

This was an action was for non-payment of charter hire. The Plaintiff obtained an ex parte mareva injunction which was later continued. The Plaintiff subsequently brought a motion to stay the action in favour of arbitration pursuant to the terms of the charter party and abandoned its injunction. The Defendant thereafter brought this application for assessment of damages suffered as …

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Navi Mont Inc. v. Rigel Shipping Canada Inc., 1997 CanLII 5130

In Admiralty Practice, Injunctions on (Updated )

This was an application for an interlocutory injunction directing the Defendant to continue to operate various ships in accordance with a contract of affreightment. The underlying issue in the action was whether one of the Plaintiffs was entitled to assign its interest in the contract of affreightment to the other Plaintiff that was specifically created for that purpose. The Court …

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