AUGUSTA — The Maine House of Representatives is putting off a vote on an American Indian tribal group’s call for shared management of commercial fish species.

The Legislature chose to put off its vote on Friday. The bill is likely to fail when it comes back for a vote. The Legislature’s Marine Resources Committee voted 9-2 against passage of the bill earlier this month.

Bill sponsor Matthew Dana of the Passamaquoddy tribe says the bill would allow state regulators to enter into a “memorandum of agreement” about marine resources with four tribes. He was one of two tribal representatives to abandon his seat this week. State officials say regulators and tribes can reach agreement without a bill.

State fishery regulators and the tribes sometimes conflict about rules governing elver fishing.

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