June 01, 2020
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You have only until Friday to apply for an elvers permit

Robert F. Bukaty | AP
Robert F. Bukaty | AP
In this May 25, 2017, file photo, elver fishermen set up a net on the Penobscot River in Brewer.

Maine is closing the door on applications for a valuable baby eel fishing permit.

Baby eels, called elvers, are harvested in Maine’s rivers and streams. They’re often worth more than $2,000 per pound to fishermen because of how valuable they are to Asian aquaculture companies.

The state plans to give out nine elver fishing permits this year via a lottery that is scheduled to take place around the end of the month. Maine’s taking applications for a place in the lottery until 4:30 p.m. Friday.

Elver fishing is subject to a strict quota system. The state also caps the total number of elver licenses in the state at 425.


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