HALLOWELL, Maine (AP) — Federal regulators are scheduled to hear from Maine elver fishermen and state fisheries officials at two public hearings that will help the government develop a plan to preserve the fishery.
The hearings in Hallowell and Brewer scheduled for Monday will be held by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.
Kate Taylor, the commission's senior fisheries management plan coordinator, tells the Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1mdczoN ) the panel will review its assessments of eel harvests, and provide an updated analysis of eel populations, with an eye toward fine-tuning management of the species at all stages of life, including glass, silver and yellow eels.
The Maine Department of Marine Resources said preliminary figures show that fishermen harvested about 9,586 pounds of elvers in the season that ended May 31, well below recent harvests.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com