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Old 03-30-2012, 06:31 AM
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Netting Tiny Eels and Big Profits

Elvers are a hot commodity in Asia, where aquaculture farms grow them to adult size and sell them for sushi and other food. They are believed to spawn in the Sargasso Sea and drift on currents to Maine, where they make their way to fresh water and, from March 22 through May 31, into the waiting nets of some 400 elver fishermen. The action takes place overnight, when elvers are most active.

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Legislature Takes Aim at Eel Poaching As Prices Soar


The most lucrative fishery in Maine right now isn't lobster, or scallops, or urchin roe, its the juvenile eel, or "elver" fishery. Fueled by demand from the Far East, the price per pound has soared over the past two years, and the going rate this season has topped over $2,000 per pound. But these prices also create a powerful incentive for poaching. A bill approved by the Maine House of Representatives today aims to put a dent in illegal elver fishing, while paving the way for a few legal fishermen to get in on the game.

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