First Elver Lottery in Seven Years Awards Four Winners

Augusta - Maine's elver industry is a competitive business that's nearly impossible to break into... but this week, four new elver licenses for the 2013 season were awarded by the Maine Department of Marine Resources.

After last year's season when elvers went for $2,000 a pound, 5,000 Mainers applied for the license, with only four available slots.

The lucky fishermen, selected through a lottery, are Mark Wakem of Poland, Alyssa Orestis of Searsport, Meredith Perry of Spruce Head, and Garret Lemoine of Swan's Island. The new licenses were issued to replace the individuals who did not renew theirs last year.


The last elver lottery was seven years ago. This year, elver season begins at noon on March 22nd and ends at noon on May 31st.

Lindsey Mills


Lindsey joined the WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX Bangor news team in January of 2012. Raised in Arlington, Mass., Lindsey graduated from Endicott College located in Beverly, Mass. where she majored in Communication. While attending college on the North Shore Lindsey ran the campus newspaper, the Endicott Observer, lead the Endicott Gulls field hockey team as Captain in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, and played for the women’s club hockey team.

For two years Lindsey worked at WCVB Channel 5 News Boston as an ENG producer and writer, while also filling in for various positions in
Chronicle, the station’s nightly news magazine. Additionally, Lindsey contributed to the production of two MDA Labor Day telethons.

When she’s not in the field she can be found on the ice. Lindsey helps out with Brewer’s Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play program and plays on a men’s league team. She also helped to establish Brewer’s first youth under-12 girl’s hockey team.

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