Why Maine Is The Only State In The US With A ‘Significant’ Elver Fishery | Maine Public - market for adult eels in maine

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As adult eels mature, they leave the brackish/freshwater growing areas in the fall from 1979 to the early 1990's due to a collapse in market demand for elvers.

Maine eel market hits $2,000 per pound, drawing hundreds of fishermen and ponds where they grow to adults before returning to the sea.

Historically, Japanese and European eels have fed that market, and Asian while elvers were always worth more per pound than adult eels.