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A Canada-U-S border dispute - Jul. 05, 2018

AP News

GRAND MANAN, N.B. - A Canada-U-S border dispute that has simmered since the late 1700's is now approaching the boiling point.

In the past two weeks, at least 10 Canadian fishing boats from New Brunswick have been intercepted by U-S Border Patrol agents in disputed waters around Machias Seal Island.

Laurence Cook, a spokesman for the fishermen, says some Canadian vessels were boarded by agents asking about illegal immigrants.

He says there has   "been a bit of a misunderstanding there somewhere" since the American agents shouldn't be boarding Canadian vessels in international waters.

Machias Seal Island - a flat, treeless piece of rock -- is about 19 kilometres southwest of Grand Manan Island and east of Maine and in a disputed area known as the Grey Zone, where lobster fishermen from both countries have long fished side by side.

Both Canada and the United States claim jurisdiction over the island and the surrounding waters at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.

Global Affairs Canada says it's investigating "these incidents that occurred in Canadian waters" while the U-S Border Patrol has referred questions to the U-S State Department, which did not respond to a request for an interview.