Elver numbers

AUGUSTA — As of 6 p.m. Monday, May 6, the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) reported Maine elver dealers buying a total of 8,810 pounds of the eels with a reported value of $18,463,380 for an average price-per-pound of $2,096.

Of this year’s landings since the season opened on March 22, 6,770 pounds came from DMR-licensed elver harvesters, leaving 796 pounds of the quota remaining.

Passamaquoddy Tribe harvesters have landed 1,325 pounds, which is 21 pounds more than the tribe’s 1,304-pound quota. The Penobscot Nation landed 603 pounds of their 620-pound quota.

Because the number of licensed fisherman is small in each case and their respective quotas are correspondingly small — the Maliseet have just over 106 pounds and the Micmac about 39 pounds — landings by those tribes remain confidential.

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