STATEWIDE - The Department of Marine Resources will be managing the elver fishery with the introduction of individual quotas.
Eels can be sold for upwards of $2,000 a pound, leading to plenty of illegal activity.
"With that type of money associated with the fishery the idea of people catching eels in other jurisdictions, other states, and bringing them into the state of Maine has been a very real thing," explains Commissioner Pat Keliher.
The department hopes the quotas will discourage fishermen from selling someone else's eels. New swipe cards will track every transaction.
Officials have not decided on how to assign quotas, with many fishermen complaining it's not a fair system.
The department is continuing research on how to distribute the quotas, with the hope of reaching a decision next week.
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