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Tribe Agrees to State Terms on Elvers
04/04/2014 4:00 PM ET  

The Passamaquoddy Tribe has agreed to abide by state fishing rules for the elver season that kicks off this weekend, ending the threat of conflict with state officials.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Indian Township Chief Joseph Socobasin told The Associated Press Friday that the Joint Tribal Council agreed to amend tribal law to accept the state mandate of individual quotas for fishermen. The tribe initially rejected the catch limits because it believes natural resources belong to all tribal members.

The decision removes a cloud from the start of the season on Sunday.

Last year, the tribe issued more elver permits than allowed by state law. But Socobasin said ignoring state law wasn't up for consideration. He said the only items on the table were to obey the law or not fish at all.

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

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