A Wild Fishery Tamed
Maine is one of two states that allows the harvesting of elvers, or juvenile eels, which was a $24 million in 2014. Landings for Maine’s elver fishery was limited in 2014 by an overall state quota due imposed due to findings by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission that the population of the American eel for all stages was depleted due to overfishing and other human impacts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is considering a proposal to have the American eel listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. Mitchell Fiegenbaum, of the Delaware Valley Fish Co. in Portland, is cautiously optimistic that this will not occur, believing that fishery management, dam removal and habitat protection will keep the species off of the endangered species list. [images, charts]
American eel, United States. Endangered Species Act of 1973
Schreiber, Laurie, "A Wild Fishery Tamed" (2015). Maine News Index – MaineBiz. 6343.