- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine’s baby eel fishermen are almost out of quota for the 2016 fishing season.

The season for baby eels, also called elvers, is limited by a quota of about 9,700 pounds per year. State officials say about 385 pounds remained to be caught as of Monday night.

The eels are sold to Asian aquaculture companies who raise them to maturity for use as food.

The elvers have sold for about $1,450 per pound this year. That is down from last year’s record of nearly $2,200 per pound, but the volume of the catch was much greater this year.

Fishermen didn’t reach quota in 2015.

The elver season officially ends on June 7. The season for fishermen who have hit their quota for the year has already ended.

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