Feds Investigating Illegal Trade in Elvers

Feds Investigating Illegal Trade in Elver Fishery
Photo/New England Boating by Tom Richardson.

While details have not been made public, the Bangor Daily News is reporting that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is conducting a criminal investigation into the American eel fishery along the East Coast.

Law-enforcement officials with USFWS, along with those from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Maine Marine Patrol, were seen in Ellsworth, Maine, early Thursday morning as part of the investigation, which involves the illegal trade of juvenile eels, called elvers. Maine and South Carolina are the only states that currently allow trade of the eels, which are usually shipped to the Far East.

This year, fishermen have reported getting $400 to $600 per pound for elvers.

Read more about the federal investigation into the elver fishery.