AUGUSTA - Elver fishing- a lucrative industry in the state of Maine, with cultural importance to a large group of fishermen...the Passamaquoddy Indians. Our Erin Thomas was in Augusta today covering their latest negotiations with the state over Elver licenses.
Two weeks into the Elver fishing season, Passamaquoddy tribal councilors and fishery committee members were at the state capitol today- meeting with Department of Marine Resources to explain why they should be able to issue 500 licenses to tribe members. This, after LD 451 was passed- making only 150 of those licenses legal.
Patrick Keliher, commissioner of the DMR, says licensing must also comply with Atlantic Sate Marine Fisheries...but the Passamaquoddy tribe has a different way of looking at this cap.
Tribal leaders say they have made progress through a more peaceful dialogue.