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Cruising Life

Diplomatic Flare-Up Between U.S. and Canadian Lobster Fishermen in the Far Reaches of Maine

Shades of 1812: A minor diplomatic impasse, a sideshow to the current trade wars, has erupted in the cold, clear waters off Machias Seal Island in the Bay of Fundy about ten miles off the northeastern tip of Maine. It involves American and Canadian fishing boats sharing a gray zone, or territory that has been disputed since the 18thcentury, and claims that the U.S. Border Patrol has stopped at least ten Canadian boats there in the past few weeks. For their part, the Americans are not happy that the Canadians then sent a 100-foot-long Canadian Coast Guard vessel to patrol…