Eel thefts spur action

ORLEANS — With prices as high as $2,500 per pound, the glass eel fishery, legal only in Maine and South Carolina, was notorious for inciting illegal fishing in neighboring states, especially Massachusetts.
 
But the publicity may at last be catching up to eel poachers.
 
When passers-by questioned their activity last month, two potential poachers were scared off a fish run in Falmouth, where they appeared to be working on 35 pounds of glass eels gathered there. Plus, state Rep. Sarah Peake, D-Provincetown, recently filed a bill that increases the maximum fine from $1,000 to $10,000. She expects that bill will see no resistance and will be passed this summer.
 
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