Tribal Fishing Rights Issue Simmers

ELLSWORTH — A conflict over commercial fishing rights appears to be brewing between the Passamaquoddy Tribe and federal and state fisheries regulators.


On Wednesday, the U.S. Coast Guard issued two notices of violation to a commercial fishing vessel for fishing for Atlantic sea scallops without the required federal permit. The boat allegedly landed some 6,000 pounds of scallops on the island of Nantucket in Massachusetts.

According to the Coast Guard, the boat captain produced a document providing authorization from the Passamaquoddy Tribe for the vessel to fish for scallops in federal waters. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issued a radio broadcast to all licensed fishing vessels advising fishermen that the agency was discussing the licensing issue with tribal authorities and reminding fishermen that they must still comply with all federal fisheries management laws and regulations.

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