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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