Swipe cards aim to increase elver catch accuracy

6:40 AM, Nov 11, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine fisheries officials are seeking comments on a proposed rule that would require elver fishermen to record their sales to dealers on a swipe card to provide regulators more accurate and timely information on the elver catch.

Elvers have come under scrutiny since prices escalated to $2,000 and more per pound for the baby eels, which are caught in Maine rivers and exported to Asia for use as seed stock in aquaculture facilities.

Besides mandating the use of swipe cards, the rule would also require dealers to report their transactions electronically to the state on a weekly basis.

Public comments will be taken until Dec. 2. Public hearings are scheduled in Yarmouth on Nov. 18 and in Ellsworth on Nov. 19.





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