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Commercial fishing in the Great Lakes could see some changes. Not everyone's on board

By: Patrick Shea, Interlochen Public Radio

For the past 37 years, an agreement between the State of Michigan, the federal government, and five sovereign tribal nations has guided commercial fishing regulations in parts of the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Consent Decree applies to waters ceded by tribal nations in 1836. It’s meant to prevent overharvesting and maintain a sustainable fishery.

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