PORTLAND, Maine — Two men, a father and a son from Massachusetts, are facing criminal charges after Maine Marine Patrol officers found them with 31 pounds of elvers in their vehicle here over the weekend.
In a separate incident, two other men from New York were arrested Saturday in Wiscasset on charges of possessing elvers without a license.
Paul Parsons, 59, and Cory Parsons, 29, both of Westport, Mass., were arrested Saturday in Portland, Jeff Nichols, spokesman for the Maine Department of Marine Resources, indicated Tuesday in an email. Marine Patrol officers found 31 pounds of elvers in their vehicle but neither man had a license to possess them, he said.
The elvers, which have an estimated value in the range of $15,000, and the vehicle both were seized by Marine Patrol, Nichols indicated. Paul Parsons also was charged with failure to stop for an inspection by a Marine Patrol Officer, he added.
People connected with Maine’s elver fishery have indicated that the prevailing price for elvers so far during the 2014 season is in the range of $400 to $600 per pound.
On the same day, two men from Brooklyn, N.Y., were arrested after Marine Patrol officers found five pounds of elvers in their vehicle. Tommy Water Zhou, 39 and Han Xiongchou, 24, were charged with purchasing elvers without a dealer’s license and taken to the Two Bridges Jail in Wiscasset, Nichols said.
Nichols declined to release further details about the incidents when contacted Tuesday evening by phone.
Possessing or purchasing elvers without a license are Class D misdemeanor crimes in Maine punishable by up to a year in jail and a mandatory fine of $2,000, Nichols indicated. Failure to stop a motor vehicle for an inspection is a Class D crime punishable by up to a year in jail and a minimum fine of $500.
Last week, two other Massachusetts men were arrested in Portland after they allegedly were found with 20 pounds of elvers, police have said. Joshua P. Medeiros, 30, of South Dartmouth, Mass., and Andrew P. Cournoyer, 43, of West Wareham, Mass., both were charged April 17 with possession of elvers without a license, according to Marine Patrol.