A recent editorial by Managing Editor Kristen Schulze Muszynski of the Journal Tribune calls for support of Maine bill LD 632, which would criminalize violations of elver fishery laws, including illegal possession of the tiny eels. Per this bill, illegal harvesters would be arrested and the fine for those convicted of the crime would be a mandatory $2,000.
“The elver fishery is hot right now, and the high prices for these juvenile eels mean that the dealing is getting dirty,” writes Schulze Muszynski. “Maine is 1 of only 2 states in the union, along with South Carolina, where these tiny eels can be harvested. Their value has exploded in the past year, due to a worldwide eel shortage and the popularity of the fish in Asian meals, bringing the price to as much as $2,600 per pound.”
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