Maine Men Arrested for Illegal Possession of Elvers

Regulators Cut Maine Elver Quota
American Eel, photo/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission/Brad Chase, MA DMF

The Maine Marine Patrol arrested Dana Wayne-Holmes, 61, of Gardiner, ME, on Sunday April 3 for illegal possession of elvers. Illegal possession of elvers is a criminal offense and is punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2000 fine.

Holmes was arrested in Waldoboro after an investigation by the Marine Patrol revealed that he was attempting to purchase and sell elvers without a license. Holmes held an elver dealer license in 2015, but he does not hold a current dealer’s license. The Marine Patrol seized 13.5 pounds of elvers from Holmes worth an estimated value of more than $18,000 based on per pound value at the time of the violation.

Also charged in the investigation was licensed harvester Irving Banks, 47, of Jefferson. Banks was charged with exceeding his individual elver quota, also a Class D crime punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2000 fine.

In addition to fines and jail time, Banks faces possible one-year administrative suspension of his current license while Holmes faces possible 1-year suspension of his right to obtain a dealer license in the future.