2018 Maine Elver Quota Set
November 3, 2017
On Oct. 17, the American Eel Board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission voted to maintain the annual Maine elver (juvenile American eels) quota of 9,688 pounds. An addendum was also initiated to consider alternative allocations, management triggers and coastwide caps relative to the current management program for both the yellow and glass eel fisheries starting with the 2019 fishing season.
Preliminary figures compiled by the Department of Marine Resources show that Maine dealers reported buying just over 9,282 pounds of elvers, worth $12,089,766, from Maine harvesters in 2017. That works out to an average of about $1,302 per pound.
Learn more about elvers and the lifecycle of the American eel by watching this video.