Maine Residents Busted for Elver Poaching

Four Maine residents were arrested for illegally harvesting “glass eels” (juvenile American eels) in Wareham, MA, on Saturday, April 6.

The arrest was made at around 11:30 p.m. when a Massachusetts Environmental Police Officer encountered a car with four passengers in an area known for the harvest of glass eels, which migrate from the ocean and into freshwater rivers, streams, and creeks each spring. A search of the vehicle turned up undersized eels and mesh nets, along with a gun, ammunition, crack cocaine and heroin.

The four were transported to State Police Barracks in Bourne and charged with possession of undersized eels, harvesting eels without a permit, possession of a fine-mesh net in the vicinity of coastal waters, possession of ammunition without a valid license to carry or firearms identification card, possession of Class A drugs (heroin), possession of Class B drugs (crack cocaine), trespass, and trespass with a motor vehicle.