Bloomberg Law
May 23, 2023, 8:09 PM

Fishing Groups Boxed Out of Great Lakes Fisheries Negotiations

Samantha Hawkins
Samantha Hawkins
Legal Reporter

A fishing coalition can’t intervene in negotiations between five Native American tribes, the United States, and Michigan over who gets to manage Great Lakes fisheries, the Sixth Circuit ruled Tuesday.

The Coalition to Protect Michigan Resources—which represents private sport fishing, boating, and conservancy groups—moved to intervene as the parties were concluding their negotiations toward finalizing a decree to replace the Great Lakes Consent Decree.

The group has been allowed to participate in negotiations as an amicus, but moved to intervene because it says that Michigan is no longer adequately representing its interests. The state intends to abandon key provisions of ...

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