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information about the Fisheries Program
Mission of the Fisheries Department
This Fisheries Department is created by the tribe in the exercise of its sovereign authority to govern fisheries and other internal matters of the Passamaquoddy tribe and are intended to ensure the protection of the marine environment, its resource and inherent rights of tribal members to engage in the harvesting of marine resources in a manner which will:
Maintain cultural and historic subsistence, ceremonial and commercial hunting, fishing and gathering of marine resources by tribal members;
Provide for the immediate and long term cultural, economic and social interests and needs of tribal members and future generations;
Cooperate with Tribal, Canadian, American, State, Provincial and Municipal authorities in the conservation and protection of the marine environment and its resources through safe and responsible harvesting practices.
This fisheries management authorizes the Sakom and Council of either reservation to enter into fisheries and trade agreements with other tribes and shellfish harvesting agreements with municipalities, under provisions of law providing municipalities the authority to govern the taking of shellfish, provided that such agreements shall be for the benefit of all Passamaquoddy tribal members consistent with tribal law.
The tribe is now in the process of creating a Fisheries Department. The tribe has recently employed a Fisheries Ecologist/Environmental Scientist to help build tribal capacity and conduct scientific work.