Fish and Wildlife Law


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On August 31, 2007 the Passamaquoddy Joint Tribal Council adopted a new set of ordinances regulating hunting, fishing and trapping in the Passamaquoddy Indian Territory. If you wish to hunt, trap or fish within tribal territories please familiarize yourself with these ordinances. You may contact the tribal warden department or the tribal clerk for copies of the ordinances.


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Regulation of fish and wildlife within Passamaquoddy Indian Territory.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe has the exclusive authority within Passamaquoddy Indian territory to promulgate and enact ordinances regulating hunting, trapping or other taking of wildlife and taking of fish on any pond in which all the shoreline and all submerged lands are wholly within Indian territory and which is less than 10 acres in surface area.

The tribal fish and wildlife ordinances are be equally applicable, on a non-discriminatory basis, to all persons regardless of whether such person is a member of the tribe provided, however, the ordinances do include special provisions for the sustenance of the individual members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and for ceremonial use.

In addition, the Passamaquoddy Tribe maintains the right to exercise within Indian territory all the rights incident to ownership of land under the laws of the State.

The Passamaquoddy Tribe has established and maintains registration stations for the purpose of registering bear, moose, deer and other wildlife killed within Indian territory and has adopted ordinances requiring registration of such wildlife to the extent and in substantially the same manner as such wildlife are required to be registered under the laws of the State. (contact the tribal warden service for location of registration stations). The ordinances requiring registration are equally applicable to all persons without distinction based on tribal membership.

Members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe may take fish, within the boundaries of the Indian reservation, for their individual sustenance.

Fish and wildlife lawfully taken within Indian territory and registered pursuant to ordinances adopted by the Passamaquoddy Tribe, may be transported within the State.