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tribal fishing rights

JACQUES LEBLANC JR. holds a fish in a net

Native Americans in Michigan have legal rights to fish and hunt established by centuries-old treaties between tribes and the federal government.

These rights mean that tribal members aren't governed by the same state regulations as other anglers and hunters. And that's led to confrontations and harassment of Native American anglers throughout the state's history. 

Gord Cole

A report on fish farming in the Great Lakes suggests Michigan should move carefully if it allows the industry to start up.

State officials asked a panel of scientists to study the issue. There have been two proposals from companies that want to start raising rainbow trout in net pens in the Great Lakes.

Canadians raise millions of trout in Lake Huron every year and some people want Michigan to do the same.