MA Lawsuit Highlights Shellfishing Rights

Boston.com reports on a lawsuit stemming from a confrontation that took place in Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, last October between a town shellfish warden and a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian tribe.

According to the article, David Greene was fishing for quahogs when he was stopped by deputy shellfish warden Kenneth Pacheco, who asked to inspect Greeneā€™s fishing license and basket to make sure it was legal.

Greene refused, stating that as a member of the Wampanoag tribe, he had the right to fish wherever he wanted and to take whatever he could collect from the seabed, no matter the size of the shellfish. A shoving match ensued, and now Greene is suing Pacheco for assault and battery. The case may also shine a spotlight on the rights of Native Americans to harvest shellfish versus the regulations set by individual towns.

To read more:

Boston Globe: Boston.com

Wampanoag Fishing Rights: Original Court Disposition

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Michael J. Maxim and David S. Greene

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