Maine to Manage Elver Fishery via Quota System

Elvers, photo/Department of Environmental Conservation.
Elvers, photo/Department of Environmental Conservation.

According to the Bangor Daily News, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) has agreed to allow Maine to restrict its annual elver (juvenile American eels) harvest with a statewide quota, rather than by a cap on the number of licenses.

The decision allows the Maine Department of Marine Resources to continue ironing out details of a tentative agreement it has reached with the Passamaquoddy Tribe concerning its take of elvers.

Under the agreement, the tribe could issue as many dip-net licenses to its members as it wants; however, the license holders would be limited to a 1,650-pound catch total for the 2014 season, and would require its members to use state-issued swipe cards, which will track daily landings statewide, whenever they sell their elvers to dealers.

Read more about the decision to let Maine manage elver fishing through a statewide quota.

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