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Maine Tribes Resist Elver Bill That Limits Access
03/17/2014 04:20 PM ET  

Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe say the bill Maine lawmakers are considering is against its values because it would prevent some of its members from fishing for elvers.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Tribal officials are resisting a measure they say would force them to abandon the tradition of allowing individuals equal access to natural resources.

Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe say a bill being considered by the House on Tuesday is against its values because it would prevent some of its members from fishing for elvers.

The bill would cap individual catches of the baby eels and limit the tribe as a whole. The tribe says it agrees with conservation efforts and supports other parts of the bill.

Elvers have ballooned in value in recent years to become the second most valuable fishery in Maine behind lobster.

The bill is part of Maine's conservation plan to reduce overall catches and address enforcement concerns in the fishery.


 

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