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Tribal sustenance fishing bill headed to Gov. Mills’ desk

Lawmakers gave final approval Monday to a bill regarded as a key step in resolving long-standing disputes between the state and tribal governments over sustenance fishing rights. The Senate voted 35-0 to pass a bill that would designate several dozen rivers, streams or other water bodies in Maine as “sustenance fishing” areas. Those waterways – including the Penobscot River north of Old Town and sections of the St. Croix, St. John and Aroostook rivers – would then have to meet tighter water quality standards to be set by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.


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