National Fisherman

It will come as no surprise that lobster is Maine's most valuable catch.

But the state's second most lucrative fishery, valued at around $35 million, is a mystery to most.

That's because elver fishing is typically done in the middle of the night and the entire catch is shipped off to the Far East.

Between March and the end of May, some 950 licensed elver fishermen will spend their nights wading in icy rivers trying to catch baby eels which are smaller than a toothpick.

"It's different every year," said veteran elver fisherman Tim LaRochelle. "Some years you catch em all early. Other years you can go right up to the last day."

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Inside the Industry

Pink shrimp is the first fishery managed by Washington to receive certification from the global Marine Stewardship Council fisheries standard for sustainable, wild-caught seafood.

The state’s fishery was independently assessed as a scope extension of the MSC certified Oregon pink shrimp fishery, which achieved certification to the MSC standard in December 2007 and attained recertification in February 2013.


NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.

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