Video: Those Amazing Elvers

Elvers. Photo Tom Richardson

All along the New England coast, baby American eels, known as “elvers,” are returning to coastal streams and rivers, intent on migrating into freshwater areas where they will grow to maturity (although many spend their lives in estuaries and brackish ponds).

In recent years, a lucrative fishery for elvers has blossomed in Maine, with the majority of the eels being shipped to Japan and other Asian countries, where they are raised to maturity and then sold as a delicacy. A pound of elvers can fetch up to $2,000 on the market.

To learn more about these amazing “catadromous” fish, WATCH THIS VIDEO 

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