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While it would suck in the near-tear, this is what would certainly move the needle. Most people have zero clue about the treaty and because what's taken from the lakes is a trivial matter to them, they could care less and hop on the feel good social wave and side with the tribes without all the info. You start infringing on their land rights and i think the tide would turn swiftly. People would start to care about the lakes because it would add to their case to reestablish land rights.

I certainly believe in the tribes right to the natural resources found in Michigan, but it needs to be in a balanced (sustainable quantities taken) and responsible (nets removed when needed, fish harvested from nets in a timely mannner, nets safely marked, boats properly tended/maintained at moor, work to leave no evidence of commercial fixing behind) manner.
Agree with this. Enforcement of those measures is another whole ordeal. Rotational Government Inspector on every tribal boat and facility?

I think a separate salmon stamp to buy out the tribes or pay for Rotational Government Inspectors is also an option.


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New development…today The Coalition to Protect
Michigan Resources (CPMR) legal team has filed a “motion to intervene” with the Federal Court (judge Paul Maloney) because The State of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) are not protecting the interests of recreational anglers in ongoing negotiations.

Pressures have increased to finalize a decree quickly rather than trying to address areas of possible conflict, said CPMR President Tony Radenjovich. He said that this has limited the Coalition’s ability to defend the interests of its members.

“The State is not protecting the interests of our members who are conservationists, charter boat captains, boaters, paddlers and users of our Great Lakes,” Radenjovich said. “The increased urgency to finalize a decree has not included the Coalition.”

CPMR website is here…Angling, conservation organizations file motion to intervene in ongoing consent decree.


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Update as of 4Aug2022: The Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources (CPMR) legal team filed a response to the filings in opposition of the motion to intervene.

The Complete article (with links) can be found on the CPMR website. Coalition to Protect MI Resources


DNR using non-disclosure agreement to thwart growing opposition in fish negotiations
By Nick Green | August 3, 2022


On Monday, a conservation coalition fighting to protect recreational fishing in Michigan’s Great Lakes filed a rebuttal to state and tribal filings in federal court (click to read).

The Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources (CPMR) filed to intervene in the ongoing Consent Decree negotiations between five sovereign Native American Tribes, the State of Michigan and the federal government on July 13. Read that filing by clicking here.

The parties filed their responses to the intervention request in late July. The State of Michigan filing opposing granting intervenor status can be viewed by clicking here. Two of the five tribes, in conjunction with the feds, submitted a three-party filing (view it by clicking here).The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians filed their own responses opposing intervention of CPMR.

CPMR comprises a board of directors whose members include Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), the Michigan Charter Boat Association, Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen’s Association, and Hammond Bay Area Anglers Association. It includes numerous other supporting groups throughout the state.

The state’s opposition notes the non-disclosure agreement that disallows it from indulging details of the negotiations.

However, instead of recognizing CPMR as a partner in these negotiations, it digs in and claims “the proposed Intervenors’ assertions are meant to obscure the real impetus for the motion” and that “proposed intervenors have offered no proof otherwise” in regards to its “dereliction of duty.”

“This is simply not true and meant to plant a false flag,” said CPMR President Tony Radenjovich. “The non-disclosure agreement is a shield to protect the parties, not a sword to thwart the opposition.”

“The impetus for our motion is clear: The State of Michigan has abandoned its duty to protect our member’s interest in sport fishing, motor boating and recreating,” he continued. “More problematic is the abandonment of sound biological principles that govern our Great Lakes fisheries in the treaty waters.”

The 1985 and 2000 decrees govern fishing regulations in certain waters of lakes Michigan and Huron from Grand Haven north around the tip of the mitt to Alpena and most of eastern Lake Superior. Primarily, the current decree governs the balance between recreational and tribal commercial fishing of lake trout and whitefish in waters in the Treaty of 1836 through a zonal approach.

The Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources (CPMR) has its roots in a 1979 court ruling that affirmed rights under an 1836 Treaty. In 1984, the Coalition was granted amicus status as the first agreement on fishing rights was negotiated and has worked closely on each iteration of the decree since.

Stay tuned to our communication channels as a decision regarding CPMR’s request to intervene may come soon.

To learn more about how to become involved with CPMR or any of its member organizations, please visit the website: Coalition to Protect MI Resources.


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The Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources received excellent and hopeful news today regarding the fight to protect Michigan’s sport fishery and your rights to the continued enjoyment of Michigan’s natural resources.

Today’s happenings: Judge Maloney has granted the CPMR request to be heard in court on their motion seeking to intervene.

That hearing is set for August 25.


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