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NH man cited for 41 lbs of illegal eels in Maine
WGME.com ^ | April 08, 2013

Posted on 04/09/2013 3:41:04 AM PDT by Daffynition

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) -- Maine's Marine Patrol has cited a New Hampshire man for having tens of thousands of dollars' worth of baby eels without a license in what's being called the biggest case of illegal eel possession in the history of the fishery.

Officials said Monday that 41-year-old Phillip Parker, of Candia, N.H., was summonsed last Wednesday in Newport with 41 pounds of eels, known as elvers. Fishermen have been getting about $2,000 per pound for their catch this season.

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TOPICS: Local News; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: eels; fisheries; foodsupply
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Elvers fetching more than $2,000 per pound

Heck with panning for gold!

1 posted on 04/09/2013 3:41:04 AM PDT by Daffynition
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2 posted on 04/09/2013 3:43:46 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

3 posted on 04/09/2013 3:48:44 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition
I love smoked eel sushi. Looks like it's going to cost more than Fogu soon. 畜生

4 posted on 04/09/2013 3:54:05 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Daffynition

I’m trying to understand WHY it’s illegal to have them, and why someone would value them so highly. Are they a delicacy? Are they used in Chinese medicine? They’re way too expensive for bait so it can’t be that.


5 posted on 04/09/2013 3:57:09 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

I know in Alaska they need a couple hundred pounds to feed a dog sled team through the winter.


6 posted on 04/09/2013 4:01:31 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: outofsalt
Down in these parts we love our eel hoagies


7 posted on 04/09/2013 4:01:31 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: from occupied ga

They are “illegal eels”: hi-capacity assault eels. No one needs those sort of eels. I hear some are even ELECTRIC!


8 posted on 04/09/2013 4:04:57 AM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: JoeProBono

Yum! When can I come over? (I’ve never had a $1000 hoagie.) I’ll bring the beer!

I’m down in the Chesapeake Bay and we use the American eel for Striper fishing. I guess the bait is worth more than the boats.


9 posted on 04/09/2013 4:08:54 AM PDT by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Daffynition

Is the phrase “illegal eel” all right with the AP? After all, how do the eels feel about being branded “illegal”?


10 posted on 04/09/2013 4:17:40 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Truth/Lies; Liberty/Tyranny--WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE??)
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To: Daffynition

He was hoping to become a meellionaire.


11 posted on 04/09/2013 4:22:56 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Undocumented eels


12 posted on 04/09/2013 4:27:59 AM PDT by dmcnash (Back off! I'm a Scientist.)
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To: outofsalt

13 posted on 04/09/2013 4:29:06 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

“Can I get me an eel license?”


14 posted on 04/09/2013 4:35:48 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: Daffynition

“baby eels without a license”

I need a license for my pet eel, “Eric”.


15 posted on 04/09/2013 4:38:25 AM PDT by whatexit
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To: Daffynition

What is the rationale for having a law against eel possession?


16 posted on 04/09/2013 4:53:20 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: Daffynition

“undocumented eels” send them all back now.


17 posted on 04/09/2013 4:55:53 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: Daffynition

18 posted on 04/09/2013 5:00:13 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Slings and Arrows

There are Eels in my hovercraft ping!


19 posted on 04/09/2013 5:03:21 AM PDT by Clay Moore ("In politics, stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte)
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To: from occupied ga; PIF

I didn’t know a thing about this *cottage industry* either....I did a crash course in elvers:

http://www.postandcourier.com/article/20120715/PC16/120719466/1072/tiny-elusive-eels-like-gold


20 posted on 04/09/2013 5:05:56 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: NativeSon

They are “illegal eels”: hi-capacity assault eels. No one needs those sort of eels. I hear some are even ELECTRIC!
= = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

When EELS are outlawed, only outlaws will have EELS.

Do the electric ones have an extension cord or are they solar powered.
Maybe hooked up to windmills?


21 posted on 04/09/2013 5:06:15 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
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To: BerryDingle
Do you think were're talking about the same species of eel?


22 posted on 04/09/2013 5:07:57 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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23 posted on 04/09/2013 5:09:07 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Past Your Eyes
Maine Fish 'n Game will see about that!


24 posted on 04/09/2013 5:10:07 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

Don’t know much about eels, but if they are $2,000 dollar a lb. and they are edible, Michelle Obama would be serving them at the White House.


25 posted on 04/09/2013 5:12:09 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: ExGeeEye

Supply and demand.

http://www.savingseafood.org/state-and-local/passamaquoddys-catch-quota-better-way-to-protect-maine-elvers-than-fishing-license.html


26 posted on 04/09/2013 5:12:42 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition
illegal eels

Can't we all just agree they deserve a path to citizenship?

27 posted on 04/09/2013 5:14:39 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: JoeProBono

28 posted on 04/09/2013 5:15:34 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Clay Moore
There are Eels in my hovercraft ping!

I will not buy this record, it is scratched.

29 posted on 04/09/2013 5:16:11 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: JoeProBono

ROFLOL!


30 posted on 04/09/2013 5:16:58 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Constitution Day
Poachin' my subsistence!

Little eels, big bucks, huge lure

31 posted on 04/09/2013 5:19:16 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: The_Victor
Look at these innocent little faces? How can they be denied?


32 posted on 04/09/2013 5:21:26 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: The_Victor
Look at these innocent little faces? How can they be denied?


33 posted on 04/09/2013 5:21:27 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

IOW, government interference in the free market.

Gotcha.


34 posted on 04/09/2013 5:24:06 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: outofsalt
That's Amoray
35 posted on 04/09/2013 5:32:16 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition; Slings and Arrows; Revolting cat!
SHOCKING!



36 posted on 04/09/2013 5:35:00 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: The_Victor

NO eel is illegal.


37 posted on 04/09/2013 5:35:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Daffynition
I think I ate an eggroll full of these once.


38 posted on 04/09/2013 5:36:41 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: a fool in paradise
That gets an eel, eel, eel of approval.


39 posted on 04/09/2013 5:42:22 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

Who knew? I love unakyu sushi, so keep protecting those eels!


40 posted on 04/09/2013 5:47:30 AM PDT by Constitution Day
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To: Daffynition

41 posted on 04/09/2013 5:49:01 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

Per the Maine.gov website:

The elver fishery is relatively recent, having begun in the early 1970’s to 1978 and recommenced in the early 1990’s. The fishery was nonexistent from 1979 to the early 1990’s due to a collapse in market demand for elvers. In recent years, market demand has increased dramatically. Elvers are highly valued in the far east (Japan, China, Taiwan, and Korea) where they are cultured and reared to adult size for the food fish market. Due to recent intense market demand, elvers have now become the most valuable marine resource in terms of price per pound which varies from $25 to $350. The fishing season for elvers is restricted to March 22 through May 31. Harvest methods are restricted to hand dip net and fyke nets with no more than two fyke nets allowed per license holder, depending on the license holder’s history. Concerns about elver fishing relate to impacts of fyke nets on other species migrating and spawning (smelt, alewives, trout and salmon) in Maine rivers, potential over harvest of eels, and the significance of eels to the ecosystem. Legislation passed in 2006 eliminated new entry into the fishery via the elver lottery. Currently an elver fishing license may be issued only to an individual who possessed an elver fishing license in the previous calendar year


42 posted on 04/09/2013 5:57:40 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: from occupied ga

I live in Maine, and there is BIG money in fishing for these elvers, as they are called.

They are caught with small nets and, when caught, they must be kept alive. There is a market for them in China, Korea and Japan, where these baby elvers are grown to full size adults....they are a delicacy in that part of the world, and an expensive delicacy at that. I’ve seen nets, which look like sheets, set up on riverbanks....fresh water that empties into a salt water bay. Other guys have nets at the end of long poles, and they scoop them out of the water. It’s all regulated by the marine fisheries people, and there is some big money to be made. Last year’s haul was $38 million. Expensive sushi.

Roughly 2,000 elvers equals one pound, and the guys who catch them receive anywhere from $2,000 to $2,500 per pound. The season is about two months long.

My neighbor knows a guy who catches these elvers. You have to obtain a license to catch them, by the way. The guy my neighbor knows.....last year, this man made $250,000 catching these elvers.....that’s right, a quarter of a million dollars in two months. The guy bought two new pick up trucks all cash, purchased a cabin (what we call a “camp”) on a lake in northern Maine, and still had plenty of money left over.

Maine and South Carolina are the only two states where it’s legal to catch these elvers, from what I understand. There is no demand for them in the U.S., among consumers.

There is a company locally that buys elvers from the guys who catch them, and then ships them by air to Asia.

It’s illegal to catch them without a licence because it’s poaching. The marine fisheries people are worried about over fishing and depletion of the resource.


43 posted on 04/09/2013 5:59:12 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 4, 2008 and November 6, 2012.....Two days that will live in infamy!)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Are elver licenses like lobster licenses - 25 year waiting period and severely limited number? Seems to me that the licensing process in Maine is designed to protect the current holders of the licenses and shut out anyone else.


44 posted on 04/09/2013 6:07:52 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: a fool in paradise

In Texas, those are pin worms. You could shine a flashlight on my butt at night and they would come to the light.


45 posted on 04/09/2013 6:17:37 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: from occupied ga

I haven’t heard of a 25 year waiting period for lobster licenses, but the number of licenses are limited as you mentioned.

I’ve heard of apprentice programs for lobster fisherman, but these guys are very clannish and have unwritten rules they apply to themselves.

For instance, there are areas off the coast in which a group of lobstermen set their traps. Lobstermen are limited to a certain number of traps, and if someone outside the group sets up traps on the ocean floor, the new guy gets his lines cut by the guys who consider the area to be “theirs.”

A couple of lobstermen got into a dispute on a island off Maine’s coast about a year ago, and one of them pulled out a firearm and started shooting at the other guy. Fortunately, the guy doing the shooting had bad aim, although he did get arrested.

Lots of rules and regulations are the order of the day, but the lobster fishery is in good shape.


46 posted on 04/09/2013 6:25:49 AM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (November 4, 2008 and November 6, 2012.....Two days that will live in infamy!)
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To: Daffynition

My first question that popped into my head, was, “Yeah, but what’s the street valude?” $2,000/lb., wow. I imagine they are now going to be served at the White House on a fresh bed of arugula...

Next question— are these any relation to the Keebler elvers of Pennsylvania? ;-)


47 posted on 04/09/2013 6:25:55 AM PDT by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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48 posted on 04/09/2013 7:43:56 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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49 posted on 04/09/2013 7:44:37 AM PDT by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: whatexit

My hovercraft is full of them.


50 posted on 04/09/2013 7:44:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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