Decision postponed on new rules for eel fishery
Regulators on Tuesday postponed making a decision on new rules for Maine’s lucrative American eel fishery.
The eel management board of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission was scheduled to vote on proposed regulations for glass, yellow, and silver eel fisheries from Maine to Florida. But the board decided to delay a vote until August and form a group to gather more information about glass eels, which are baby eels known as elvers.
Options that were under consideration for Maine’s elver fishery included keeping the status quo, closing the fishery, or setting a catch quota — or a combination thereof.