- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine legislative committee is putting off a vote on a proposal from American Indian tribes to reach an agreement about the way the tribes harvest commercial fish.

The Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources met to discuss the proposal on Wednesday and will take it up again on May 6. Passamaquoddy legislative Rep. Matthew Dana’s bill would allow for cooperative management of species such as lobsters, clams and baby eels. Dana says he remains hopeful the tribes and state regulators can eventually reach agreement.

The tribes’ proposal stems from a conflict with state regulators last year about baby eel fishing. The Passamaquoddies and state regulators clashed in 2014 about a state requirement that tribal elver fishermen be subject to individual quotas. The tribe eventually agreed.

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