It's elver season in Maine from March 22 through the end of May. The market for the tiny eels isn't great this year—about $50-70 per pound, a pound containing about 2,500-3,000 glass eels. In past years, elver fishermen have made as much as $300 a pound.
A decade ago, hordes of fishermen set out thousands of fyke nets in a quest to capture the tiny eels on their annual journey from the sea to fresh water. The funnel-shaped nets clogged even the smallest Maine streams, and fishermen battled one another for prime fishing space along the banks. [Link]Since then the Legislature has placed a cap on elver licenses out of concern for overfishing, and is now considering a bill that would allow only fishermen with 2006 licenses to apply in 2007.