High Price of Elvers Fueling Black Market

Elvers, photo/Department of Environmental Conservation.

Seacoast Online: As the value of American eels skyrockets, some unscrupulous fishermen have been tempted by the thousands of dollars they might make in a good day’s fishing to circumvent the law, which says almost no one in the Northeast is allowed to take young eels.

On the Eastern Seaboard, Maine and South Carolina are the only states that allow fishing of baby eels, called elvers, that are less than 6” long.

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