Maine Reduces Tribal Elver Licenses

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Bangor Daily News: The top fisheries regulator in Maine told legislators Wednesday [March 6] that the state would like to limit the four native Indian tribes in the state to 100 total elver fishing licenses for this year—less than half of the total amount that one tribe issued to its members in 2012.

Leaders of the Passamaquoddy Tribe, which issued more than 200 licenses to its members last spring, told the Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee that they oppose this limit. Clayton Cleaves, chief of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, urged the committee on Wednesday to delay implementing any limits on tribal elver licenses until 2014, after the 2013 elver fishing season.

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