Four people get clearance to fish for elvers next month

7:36 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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STOCKTON SPRINGS, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Four people across the Pine Tree state have been given a big clearance from the state department of marine resources. They have received approval to get a license to fish for the upcoming elver's season.

Elvers are tiny eels that have a big market value. They migrate into Maine's streams and ponds from the Bahamas. The eels are only about two inches long and clear colored. As a result, fishing at night is really the best time to try and catch them.

Elvers are a delicacy in Asian countries. Last year their value topped $2,600 per pound here in the state. More than 5,000 Mainers applied for the right to get an elver's license.

Alyssa Orestis of Stockton Springs was one of the few who got picked along with Mark Wakem from Poland, Meredith Perry from Spruce Head and Garrett Lemoine from Swan's Island

All four people will now have to pay a fee to get their elver's license. The season will start on March 22, 2013 and go until May 31, 2013.


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