Maine Men Found Guilty of Elver Fishing

Elvers, photo/Department of Environmental Conservation.
Elvers, photo/Department of Environmental Conservation.

Two Maine men have been ordered to pay a fine of $4,250 each after they were found guilty of criminal elver fishing, according to an article in the Bangor Daily News.

Ralph E. Fowler, Jr., 41, of Franklin, and Gregory A. Trundy, 49, of Hancock, may be the first in the state to face a criminal trial for charges related to fishing for the tiny, lucrative glass eels. Fishing for elvers without a license became a criminal offense on April 23 (2013), the same day that Maine Marine Patrol officers spotted Fowler and Trundy fishing with headlamps and dip nets in the Belfast river.

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Bangor Daily News