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Elver Licenses Supported by Maine Legislature
03/18/2014 02:51 PM ET  

The Passamaquoddy tribe has said the bill would force it to abandon the tradition of allowing its members equal access to natural resources.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine House and Senate have unanimously approved a bill that would require American Indian tribes to follow the same rules as state elver fishermen.

The bill approved Tuesday would require tribes to issue their fishermen state-approved licenses and individual catch limits. Those are the same regulations state fishermen must follow.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage has 10 days to act on the bill. As an emergency measure, it would go into effect immediately.

The Passamaquoddy tribe has said the bill would force it to abandon the tradition of allowing its members equal access to natural resources.

Elvers are baby eels that have ballooned in value in recent years, becoming the second most valuable fishery in Maine behind lobster.


 

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