St  Regis River Sign
St  Regis River Sign

Non-Member Fishing Season Closed Until June 1st

Apr 16, 2020

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Compliance Department is reminding individuals who are non-members that fishing in Akwesasne’s territorial waters is an inherent and protected right of tribal members. Any non-members seeking to fish in Akwesasne cannot do so until June 1st and must possess a Non-Member Fishing Permit pursuant to the Non-Member Fishing Permit Regulation and Law (Tribal Council Resolution #2011-52).

On November 22, 2011, the Non-Member Fishing Regulations was adopted to specifically apply to all non-tribal members who want to fish in Akwesasne. In 2014, it was amended in collaboration with tribal fishermen to support the Tribe’s conservation efforts by specifying the St. Regis River and Raquette River, upstream from the St. Lawrence River through the Tribe's jurisdiction. It was also further strengthened by noting that non-members may not fish in territorial waters until June 1st of each year.

Applications for a Non-Member Fishing Permit are available for an annual fee of $40 from the Tribe’s Compliance Department; located at 28 Okwarine Road in Akwesasne, NY. Copies of the Tribe’s Non-Member Fishing Regulations and additional information are also available upon request.

The Non-Member Fishing Permit Regulation and Law is enforced by the Tribe’s Compliance Department and any violations may result in a fine and the fishing permit being revoked.

Due to COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), the Compliance Department may delay the opening of the non-member fishing season beyond June 1st.

If you have any questions, please contact the Compliance Department at (518) 358-2272.

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The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Saint Regis Mohawk People.