It's no surprise to anyone that Canada and America are having difficulty being neighbours right now. Between Trump and Trudeau launching tariff's and new border rules, tensions have been on the rise between our two countries.
There is a tiny island located on the coast of the Canadian province New Brunswick and American state Maine that adding to the dispute. Machias Seal Island lies between a grey area in the Canadian and American border which the USA has recently begun monitoring more closely.
Though the island does not have people living there, the population is considered to be two. This is due to the Canadian Coast Guard taking shifts to spend 28 days on the island at a time for regular maintenance and management of the lighthouse.
It is also known that the population increases during the summer because of the University of New Brunswick. Researchers from the university and Canadian Wildlife Services come to study the Atlantic Puffin, which heavily inhabits Machias Seal Island.
Unlike Canada, the United States does not help maintain the island but still believes that it is their property. Machias Seal Island is located 16 kilometres southeast from Cutler, Maine, while 19 kilometres southwest of Southwest Head on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy.
With America putting its focus on strengthing the borders, Canada and Machias Seal Island are now being monitored. The Canadian Government is now investigating two separate occasions where U.S. agents entered Canadian waters off the coast of New Brunswick around the island and North Rock.
While entering out water may not seem like a big deal, the U.S. agents approached the island and verified that Canadian fisherman to see if immigrants were entering the U.S.A. illegally. Chair of Grand Manan Fishermen's Association, Lawrence Cook, said that over 10 fishing boats had been stopped for that reason.
Like previously stated the island is in a grey area of the border but both Canadian and American fishermen work around the island. The monitoring has only come in June, the same time when Trump began publicly speaking about his unhappiness with Canada.
The entries into Canadian territory are still being investigated, but the standing agreement is that Canadian and American commercial vessels are allowed safe passage. Could this possibly be the end of our aquatic agreement? Only time will tell.
One thing is for sure, Denmark and Canada have a more peaceful island war than this.