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US border patrol questioned fishermen on Canadian waters

The association's chair wrote on Facebook the US agents claimed to be "looking for illegal immigrants".

A second incident occurred on June 25 also near Machias Seal Island, John Babcock, a spokesman for Global Affairs Canada said on Wednesday, after the Canadian Foreign Ministry launched an inquiry. The island lies about 10 miles offshore between the Gulf of ME and the Bay of Fundy.

Global Affairs confirmed that Canada is looking into "these incidents that occurred in Canadian waters, including through engaging with U.S. agencies involved in the matter".

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says 21 Canadian vessels have been stopped so far this year.

US Border Patrol agents have been stopping and questioning Canadian fishermen in disputed waters about unauthorized immigrants.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. embassy in Ottawa were not available for comment due to the Independence Day holiday in the United States.

And last month, Canadians were astonished to learn that not only can American border agents seize their cellphones, but that the border patrol had established checkpoints throughout New England to stop foreigners. He said Canada considers its sovereignty over the area to be "longstanding" and grounded in worldwide law. The island sits in a a body of water that is disputed territory between the United States and Canada that in recent years has caused friction between Canadian and American lobsterman over who has the right to fish there.

"Is this overkill? Absolutely". The agency has not disclosed how many stops have been made. "Canada relationship." Since then, Canada has fired back with tariffs of its own on US goods from steel and iron to ketchup and dish soap.

Relations between Canada and the United States continue to deteriorate.

Despite their governments' debate, Canadian and American fishermen typically coexist in this area relatively peacefully - with a few notable exceptions.

The veteran fisherman said he was slightly bemused by the encounter, having rarely seen patrol boats in the area over four decades of fishing the rich lobster grounds, something Canadian fishermen also said was a new and unusual phenomenon. The island itself is of little value; however, the surrounding waters are home to an increasingly valuable lobster catch.

The area in question is just off Machias Seal Island. "The last thing Canada wants is for Donald Trump to seize on this as an example of US sovereignty being challenged", Kelly explained.

Indeed, it's not for nothing the area is called the grey zone - gray zone to the Americans.

Machias Seal Island is roughly 19 kilometres southwest of Grand Manan Island and 16 kilometres from the coast of Maine.

It's possible that neither country sees it as a high-stakes priority, said Kelly, but orderly access to the waters is "vital" to the two fishing industries. The waters near the island are referred to as the "gray zone" because both Canada and the USA claim the island.

Fishermen from ME and New Brunswick - and sometimes Nova Scotia - have generally competed peacefully for the resource, but tensions do flare. Resolving the dispute doesn't necessarily mean ceding the waters and island to one nation or the other, said Kelly.

He has argued that Canada and the USA should submit the disagreement to arbitration at the world court.

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