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Indian Tribe Unhappy With Elver Legislation
03/21/2014 3:00 PM ET  

The Passamaquoddy tribe is going to try to submit emergency legislation aimed at eliminating individual fishing quotas for elvers.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ The tribe negotiated a deal with the Maine Department of Marine Resources that called for the tribe to have an overall quota of 1,650 pounds, but no individual quotas. But the department balked when constitutional concerns were raised, and in the end, the Legislature mandated individual quotas on all fishermen.

Indian Township Chief Joseph Socobasin said he won't accept that "without putting up a fight."

The tribe plans to go to the legislative council Monday to seek permission to submit an emergency bill. Socobasin said it's the tribe's position that natural resources should be open to the entire community.

(Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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