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Elver season over for tribal harvesters



ELLSWORTH — The Maine elver fishing season runs from March 22 to June 7 each year, but not for everybody.

The elver harvest is limited by an overall annual quota allocated among state-licensed harvesters and Maine’s four federally recognized Indian tribes, including the Passamaquoddy.

On Sunday, the Department of Marine Resources announced that the elver season would close for Passamaquoddy fishermen at 6 a.m. Monday to ensure that they would not exceed the tribe’s quota of 1,356.3 pounds, which is subject to a 10 percent holdback.

By 6 p.m. Sunday, dealers reported buying 1,228.6 pounds of elvers from tribal harvesters.

The DMR ordered that all fyke nets fished by Passamaquoddy harvesters be removed from the water by noon on Monday. Dealers also were prohibited from buying elvers from tribal harvesters after noon on Monday.

 

Stephen Rappaport

Stephen Rappaport

Waterfront Editor at The Ellsworth American
Stephen Rappaport has lived in Maine for nearly 30 years. A lifelong sailor, he spends as much time as possible messing about in boats. [email protected]

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