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PORTLAND, Maine

Tribe to keep eel fishing despite warning from governor

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Passamaquoddy Indians say they will keep fishing for glass eels in Maine’s coastal rivers despite a warning from the governor that he might shut down the lucrative fishery if the tribe does not follow state eel-fishing regulations. State officials said the tribe is violating state law by issuing more than 500 licenses to catch baby eels, known as elvers, which sell for up to $2,000 a pound. State law allows the tribe to issue only 200 licenses. Passamaquoddy member Newell Lewey said Governor Paul LePage said he would withdraw all support for the tribe and possibly shut down the fishery if the tribe does not follow state law.

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