Maine Elvers are Running.
The Elvers are baby eels.
Maine is one of only two states,
along with South Carolina,
where elver fishing is still allowed.
And with Asian demand especially high last year’s
tsunami curbed supply in Japan,
and Europe has cracked down on exporting eels
a gold rush of sorts is on along the rivers and
streams of coastal Maine. Since the season began
last week, stories have abounded of people making
a small fortune in an often hard-luck state.
This March 2013 Price is $2000.00 a pound.
NUT's if I had the price I'd choke eating them,
thinking of all the hunger in this world.
Elver prices go up and down all the time,
but nobody’s seen them shoot up the way
they have over the past two seasons.
Last year, at $891 per pound, elvers became
Maine’s fourth most-valuable wild fishery,
worth more than well-known traditional
fisheries such as groundfish, shrimp and scallops.
The American eel (Anguilla rostrata)
has a catadromous life cycle, that is,
it spawns in the ocean and migrates to
fresh water to grow to adult size.
As adult eels mature, they leave the
brackish/freshwater growing areas in the fall
(August to November),
migrate to the Sargasso Sea and spawn
during the late winter. The Sargasso Sea
is a large area of the western North Atlantic
located east of the Bahamas and south of
Bermuda. After spawning, the adult eels die.
The eggs hatch after several days and develop
into a larval stage (leptocephalus)
which is shaped like a willow leaf.
Elver and shrimp salad -not for me..
Sunday we go on the wagon through the woods
and snow to see Maple Syrup being made.
It's Maple Syrup Sunday!
Elvers and men fishing tonight in the Cove.
In the Spring the Alewives run, Lilacs and Peony's
Apple Blossems and Lobster. July we get Bluberries.
but I can pick Fiddleheads.