The 1995 elver season was marked by crowded rivers, fistfights and daily reports
The 1995 elver season was marked by crowded rivers, fistfights and daily reports of stolen and molested gear, as more than 2,000 fishermen pursued the eel larvae that can bring more than $500 per pound. The Maine Legislature could not agree on regulations for the elver fishery until the day before the 1996 season was set to open, even though LD 185 was filed more than a year ago. Preliminary data from across the East suggests eel populations are declining, but there is no agreement on what resource-protection measures to enact. The aquaculture industry is working hard to breed and raise eels to the elver stage in captivity, presenting another potential problem for the elver fishery. Details.
Weegar, Andrew K., "The 1995 elver season was marked by crowded rivers, fistfights and daily reports" (1996). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 1616.