AUGUSTA — The 2015 Maine elver harvest season, which ended officially Sunday, May 31, at noon, netted Maine fishermen nearly $3 million in additional value over the 2014 season.
Preliminary data from the Maine Department of Marine Resources indicate that, despite a decline from the previous season of 4,445 pounds landed, the overall value paid to Maine’s 920 active harvesters in 2015 was $11,389,864 compared to $8,474,302 in 2014.
Total pounds landed in 2015 were 5,242 compared to 9,688 in 2014. This year’s total quota, set by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, was equal to the total landings in 2014 and will remain in place through 2017. The ASMFC will next re-evaluate Maine’s quota in 2018.
The per-pound average for elvers harvested in 2015 was $2,172 compared to $874 in 2014.