- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine is finished supplying the worldwide sushi market with baby eels for the year.

The fishery for baby eels, called elvers, is one of the most important in Maine. The elvers are sold to Asian aquaculture companies so they can be raised to maturity and used as food.

The season takes place every spring and ends for the year Wednesday. Maine fishermen are limited to a statewide total of a little less than 10,000 pounds of elvers for the year. State officials say they have just about reached it.

Maine eels sold for more than $1,300 per pound at the dock this year. They’ve been extremely valuable for several years because European and Asian sources of elvers have dried up, and the baby eels are critical for the sushi industry.

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