Elver numbers

AUGUSTA — As of 6 p.m. Monday, April 24, elver harvesters in Maine had reported having caught a total 5,525.16 pounds of the valuable juvenile eels so far this season, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). The overall state quota for the season is 9,688 pounds.

About a third of that total, 1,679.93 pounds, was harvested under special licenses and quotas for the state’s native tribes, including 1,407.96 reported by the Passamaquoddy. That’s a bit more than that tribe’s allocated quota, and the overage will be deducted from the 2019 allocation, officials said.

DMR license holders have reported only 2,482.91 pounds of the 7,566.3 season quota, leaving 5,083.39 pounds remaining.

Dealers reported buying a total of 4,162.84 pounds with a reported value of $10,762,357 for average price per pound of $2,585.

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