Gangs, Greed Plague Maine Elver Fishery

Elvers, photo/Department of Environmental Conservation.

Bangor Daily News: Maine Marine Patrol Officer Brent Chasse succinctly sums up the challenges facing him and his fellow conservation officers during the 10-week elver season, which began in late March and stretches until May 31 [2013].

“Money brings greed,” Chasse said before starting an evening patrol of popular elver-fishing spots in Ellsworth, Surry and Orland on Friday night. “There was a time when if you made a couple hundred dollars a night, it was a good night. Now, you might make $100,000 in a night if you get really lucky and know what you’re doing.”

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