Elvers, photo/Department of Environmental Conservation.

Elvers, photo/Department of Environmental Conservation.

Portland Press Herald: Maine’s lucrative elver fishery is facing some big changes, including smaller catch quotas and a new swipe-card monitoring system that state officials hope will help manage the resource while reducing the poaching of baby eels that fetched up to $2,000 a pound last season.

Both changes follow the state’s promise to the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission last month that it will find ways to reduce the 2014 harvest between 25% and 40%.

Read more about the efforts to reduce and monitor the catch of Maine elvers.


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