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Enviro-Mich message from craig.harris@ssc.msu.edu

the following two items are from a regular library of congress briefing on 
fisheries prepared by gene buck of congressional research service . . . i 
thought they might be of interest to enviro-mich people

craig harris
dept of sociology
michigan state university

     Great Lakes Tribal Fishery.  On Aug. 8, 1997, the Grand Traverse
Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians passed regulations allowing 90,000
pounds of salmon to be harvested from Grand Traverse Bay, MI.  However, MI
state and sport fishing interests contend that this is contrary to a 1985 
agreement as modified by a 1996 court ruling.  The state is reported to be
preparing to ask the U.S. District Court for an injunction to limit the 

On Aug. 27, 1997, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Enslen ruled that the
state's request for a ruling would be combined with a December 1997 trial on
another fishing issue.  {{On Sept. 4, 1997, Judge Enslen ruled that the Grand
Traverse Band could take as much as 80,000 pounds of salmon from Grand
Traverse Bay, denied a request by the MI Dept. of Natural Resources that
would have required the Band to removed its fishing nets from the Bay, and
ordered that nets be submerged 8 feet below the water surface for safety
reasons.}} [Assoc Press]

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